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The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time

Updated April 21, 2020 12.6k votes 1.8k voters 31.9k 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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  • Bubba Smith1
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    Bubba Smith

    Defensive tackle, Defensive end

    BirthplaceOrange, Texas, United States of America

    AgeDied at 66 (1945-2011)

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

  • Le'Veon Bell2
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    Le'Veon Bell

    Running back

    BirthplaceReynoldsburg, Ohio

    Age23

    TeamsNew York Jets

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    #43 of 206 The Best NFL Running Backs of All Time#24 of 41 The 41 Hottest Men in the NFL

  • Lorenzo White3
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    Lorenzo White

    Running back

    BirthplaceHollywood, Florida

    Age54

  • Kirk Cousins4
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    Kirk Cousins

    Quarterback

    BirthplaceBarrington, Illinois

    Age32

    TeamsMinnesota Vikings

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    #90 of 252 The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time#667 of 1,323 The Best Football Players Ever

  • Morten Andersen5
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    Morten Andersen

    Placekicker

    BirthplaceCopenhagen, Denmark

    Age60

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

  • Andre Rison6
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    Andre Rison

    Wide receiver

    BirthplaceFlint, Michigan, USA

    Age53

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

  • Plaxico Burress7
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    Plaxico Burress

    Wide receiver

    BirthplaceVirginia

    Age43

    TeamsPittsburgh Steelers, New York Jets, New York Giants

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    #159 of 214 The Best Wide Receivers of All Time#14 of 15 From Debauchery To Federal Crimes: Outrageous Tales Of Bad Behavior From History's Greatest Athletes

  • Carl Banks8
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    Carl Banks

    Linebacker

    BirthplaceFlint, Michigan

    Age58

    TeamsWashington Redskins, Cleveland Browns, New York Giants

  • Darqueze Dennard9
  • Percy Snow10
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    Percy Snow

    Linebacker

    BirthplaceCanton, Ohio

    Age52

  • Flozell Adams11
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    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois

    Age45

    TeamsPittsburgh Steelers, Michigan State Spartans football, Dallas Cowboys

  • Mark Ingram, Sr.12
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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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  • Trae Waynes13
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    Trae Waynes

    Cornerback

    Age28

    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. 

  • Kirk Gibson15
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    Kirk Gibson

    Wide receiver

    BirthplacePontiac, Michigan, United States of America

    Age63

    TeamsLos Angeles Dodgers, Michigan State Spartans football

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

  • Connor Cook16

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    #3 of 47 All The Ex-NFL Players In The XFL 2020#26 of 45 The Best Oakland Raiders Quarterbacks of All Time

  • Charles Rogers17
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    Charles Rogers

    Wide receiver

    BirthplaceSaginaw, Michigan, United States of America

    Age39

    TeamsDetroit Lions

  • George Webster18
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    George Webster

    Linebacker

    BirthplaceAnderson, South Carolina

    AgeDied at 62 (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. 

  • Brad Van Pelt19
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    Brad Van Pelt

    Linebacker

    BirthplaceOwosso, Michigan

    AgeDied at 58 (1951-2009)

  • Jeremy Langford20
  • Shilique Calhoun21
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    Shilique Calhoun

  • Muhsin Muhammad22
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    Muhsin Muhammad

    Wide receiver

    BirthplaceLansing, Michigan

    Age47

    TeamsCarolina Panthers

  • Julian Peterson23
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    Julian Peterson

    Linebacker

    BirthplaceHillcrest Heights, Maryland

    Age42

    TeamsDetroit Lions

  • Herb Adderley24
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    Herb Adderley

    Cornerback, Return specialist

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania

    Age81

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  • Javon Ringer25
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    Javon Ringer

    Running back

    BirthplaceDayton, Ohio

    Age33

    TeamsTennessee Titans