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The Best University of Florida Football Players of All Time

Updated October 11, 2019 22.5k votes 2.6k voters 31.5k views85 items

List RulesVote up all of your all-time favorite Gators!

Hailing from "The Swamp" in Gainesville, Florida, The Gators are one of the most celebrated institutions in college football. The Gators have three national championships to their name, as well as eight SEC-titles in the program's 108-year history. The University of Florida has also produced 31 consensus All-Americans and three Heisman Trophy winners.

With 89 First Team All-Americans and 46 NFL first-round draft picks, it is safe to say that the Gators have had some remarkable talent over the years.

So, It's up to you now, Rankers. Who is the best Florida Gator ever? You have your work cut out for you. From Tebow to Collinsworth to Emmitt Smith – Steve Spurrier, Jack Youngblood, and Danny Wuerffel and many more. There is no wrong answer! Upvote your picks for the best University of Florida football players now!
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  • 1
    Emmitt Smith is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best University of Florida Football Players of All Time
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    Emmitt Smith

    Running back

    BirthplacePensacola, Florida, United States of America

    Age51

    TeamsFlorida Gators football, Arizona Cardinals, Dallas Cowboys

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    Tim Tebow is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best University of Florida Football Players of All Time
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    Tim Tebow

    Quarterback

    BirthplaceMakati, Philippines

    Age33

    TeamsDenver Broncos, Florida Gators football, New England Patriots, New York Jets

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    #9 of 150 Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative#96 of 252 The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time

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    Jack Youngblood is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best University of Florida Football Players of All Time
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    Jack Youngblood

    Defensive end

    BirthplaceJacksonville, Florida

    Age70

    TeamsLos Angeles Rams

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    Percy Harvin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best University of Florida Football Players of All Time
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    Percy Harvin

    Wide receiver

    BirthplaceChesapeake, Virginia

    Age32

    TeamsSeattle Seahawks, Florida Gators football, Minnesota Vikings

  • 5
    Fred Taylor is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best University of Florida Football Players of All Time
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    Fred Taylor

    Running back

    BirthplacePahokee, Florida

    Age44

    TeamsNew England Patriots

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    Steve Spurrier is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best University of Florida Football Players of All Time
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    Steve Spurrier

    Quarterback

    BirthplaceMiami Beach, Florida, United States of America

    Age75

    TeamsTampa Bay Buccaneers, Florida Gators football, San Francisco 49ers

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    #37 of 119 The Greatest College Football Quarterbacks of All Time#42 of 83 The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time

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    Danny Wuerffel is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best University of Florida Football Players of All Time
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    Danny Wuerffel

    Quarterback

    BirthplaceFort Walton Beach, Florida

    Age46

    TeamsNew Orleans Saints, Washington Redskins, Florida Gators football, Green Bay Packers, Chicago Bears

  • 8
    Joe Haden is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best University of Florida Football Players of All Time
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    Joe Haden

    Cornerback, Defensive back

    BirthplaceFort Washington, Maryland

    Age31

    TeamsFlorida Gators football, Cleveland Browns

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    Brandon Spikes is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best University of Florida Football Players of All Time
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    Brandon Spikes

    Linebacker

    BirthplaceShelby, North Carolina

    Age33

    TeamsFlorida Gators football, New England Patriots

  • 10
    Wilber Marshall is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best University of Florida Football Players of All Time
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    Wilber Marshall

    Linebacker

    BirthplaceTitusville, Florida

    Age53

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    Reggie Nelson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best University of Florida Football Players of All Time
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    Reggie Nelson

    Cornerback, Safety

    BirthplaceMelbourne, Florida

    Age37

    TeamsCincinnati Bengals, Jacksonville Jaguars

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    Ike Hilliard is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best University of Florida Football Players of All Time
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    Ike Hilliard

    Wide receiver

    BirthplacePatterson, Louisiana

    Age44

  • 13
    Jordan Reed is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best University of Florida Football Players of All Time
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    Jordan Reed

    Tight end

    BirthplaceNew London, Connecticut

    Age30

    TeamsWashington Redskins

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    #60 of 115 The Greatest Washington Redskins of All Time#33 of 87 The Greatest Tight Ends Of All Time

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    Dante Fowler Jr. is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best University of Florida Football Players of All Time
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    Dante Fowler Jr.

  • 15
    Vernon Hargreaves III is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best University of Florida Football Players of All Time
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    Vernon Hargreaves III

    Cornerback
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    Wes Chandler is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best University of Florida Football Players of All Time
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    Wes Chandler

    Wide receiver

    BirthplaceNew Smyrna Beach, Florida

    Age64

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    #737 of 1,323 The Best Football Players Ever#59 of 214 The Best Wide Receivers of All Time

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    Cris Collinsworth is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best University of Florida Football Players of All Time
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    BirthplaceDayton, Ohio, United States of America

    Age61

    TeamsFlorida Gators football, Cincinnati Bengals

  • 18
    Jevon Kearse is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best University of Florida Football Players of All Time
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    Jevon Kearse

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    Maurkice Pouncey is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best University of Florida Football Players of All Time
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    Maurkice Pouncey

    Guard, Center

    BirthplaceArdmore, Oklahoma, United States of America

    Age31

    TeamsPittsburgh Steelers, Florida Gators football

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    Mike Pouncey is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best University of Florida Football Players of All Time
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    BirthplaceBartow, Florida

    Age31

    TeamsFlorida Gators football, Miami Dolphins

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    Rex Grossman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best University of Florida Football Players of All Time
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    Rex Grossman

    Quarterback

    BirthplaceBloomington, Indiana

    Age40

    TeamsWashington Redskins, Florida Gators football, Houston Texans, Chicago Bears

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    #135 of 144 The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time#15 of 66 The Best Chicago Bears Quarterbacks of All Time

  • 22
    Reidel Anthony is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best University of Florida Football Players of All Time
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    Reidel Anthony

    Wide receiver

    BirthplacePahokee, Florida

    Age43

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    Jabar Gaffney is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best University of Florida Football Players of All Time
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    Jabar Gaffney

    Wide receiver

    BirthplaceSan Antonio, Texas

    Age39

    TeamsWashington Redskins, Denver Broncos, Florida Gators football, Houston Texans, New England Patriots

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    Carlos Dunlap is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best University of Florida Football Players of All Time
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    Carlos Dunlap

    Defensive end

    BirthplaceNorth Charleston, South Carolina

    Age31

    TeamsFlorida Gators football, Cincinnati Bengals

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    Janoris Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best University of Florida Football Players of All Time
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    Janoris Jenkins

    Cornerback

    BirthplacePahokee, Florida

    Age31

    TeamsFlorida Gators football, St. Louis Rams

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