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The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time

Updated April 21, 2020 12.2k votes 1.8k voters 32.9k views54 items

List RulesUpvote the best football players in Michigan State history. Vote based on each athlete's career at MSU only.

Michigan State is an athletic powerhouse and their football program is no exception. The Spartans have six national championships to their name as well as eight Big-10 conference championships.

Football is a team sport, but Michigan State has had some remarkable talent suit up for them over the years.

Who do you think is the best Michigan State Football player ever? Cast your votes for the best Spartans to ever play football at Michigan State and see who is truly the best.
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    Le'Veon Bell

    Running back

    BirthplaceReynoldsburg, Ohio

    Age29

    TeamsNew York Jets

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    Bubba Smith

    Defensive tackle, Defensive end

    BirthplaceOrange, Texas, United States of America

    AgeDec. at 66 (1945-2011)

    TeamsBaltimore Colts, Houston Oilers, Michigan State Spartans football, Oakland Raiders

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    Lorenzo White

    Running back

    BirthplaceHollywood, Florida

    Age55

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    Kirk Cousins

    Quarterback

    BirthplaceBarrington, Illinois

    Age32

    TeamsMinnesota Vikings

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    Andre Rison

    Wide receiver

    BirthplaceFlint, Michigan, United States of America

    Age54

    TeamsIndianapolis Colts, Michigan State Spartans football, Oakland Raiders, Toronto Argonauts, Atlanta Falcons

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    Morten Andersen

    Placekicker

    BirthplaceCopenhagen, Denmark

    Age55

    TeamsNew Orleans Saints, Michigan State Spartans football, Atlanta Falcons, Kansas City Chiefs, Minnesota Vikings

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    Plaxico Burress

    Wide receiver

    BirthplaceVirginia

    Age43

    TeamsPittsburgh Steelers, New York Jets, New York Giants

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    #162 of 214 The Best Wide Receivers of All Time#36 of 80 The Most Controversial Athletes in Sports History

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    Carl Banks

    Linebacker

    BirthplaceFlint, Michigan

    Age58

    TeamsWashington Redskins, Cleveland Browns, New York Giants

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    Mark Ingram, Sr.

    Wide receiver

    BirthplaceGaston, North Carolina

    Age55

    TeamsGreen Bay Packers, Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles, New York Giants

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    #9 of 95 The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time#177 of 246 The Best Miami Dolphins of All Time

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    Percy Snow

    Linebacker

    BirthplaceCanton, Ohio

    Age53

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    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois

    Age46

    TeamsPittsburgh Steelers, Michigan State Spartans football, Dallas Cowboys

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    Kirk Gibson

    Wide receiver

    BirthplaceMichigan, USA, Pontiac

    Age64

    TeamsLos Angeles Dodgers, Michigan State Spartans football

    All B1G WR for the Spartans before becoming a baseball legend!

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    Trae Waynes

    Cornerback

    Age29

    TeamsMinnesota Vikings

    A lightly-regarded recruit out of Wisconsin that MSU coaches turned into an All-B1G CB and first-round draft pick of the Minnesota Vikings.

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    Jack Conklin

    Offensive Tackle

    TeamsTennesee Titans

    Originally a walk-on, MSU's coaches turned him into an All-American OT and a first-round draft pick and All-Pro for the Tennesee Titans. 

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    Charles Rogers

    Wide receiver

    BirthplaceSaginaw, Michigan, United States of America

    Age40

    TeamsDetroit Lions

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    George Webster

    Linebacker

    BirthplaceAnderson, South Carolina

    AgeDec. at 61 (1945-2007)

    Often ranked as the greatest all-time player in Spartan history - he was able to play safety and linebacker. Health problems tragically cut his life short, but a true Spartan legend. 

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    Brad Van Pelt

    Linebacker

    BirthplaceOwosso, Michigan

    AgeDec. at 57 (1951-2009)

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    Shilique Calhoun

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    Julian Peterson

    Linebacker

    BirthplaceHillcrest Heights, Maryland

    Age43

    TeamsDetroit Lions

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    Muhsin Muhammad

    Wide receiver

    BirthplaceLansing, Michigan

    Age48

    TeamsCarolina Panthers

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    Earl Morrall

    Punter, Quarterback

    BirthplaceMuskegon, Michigan

    AgeDec. at 79 (1934-2014)

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    #56 of 120 The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time#97 of 119 The Best Detroit Lions of All Time

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    Javon Ringer

    Running back

    BirthplaceDayton, Ohio

    Age34

    TeamsTennessee Titans