Greatest Football Players in Florida State History

With a rich football tradition, the Florida State Seminoles are one of the most respected programs in college football. With three national championships, eighteen conference titles and six division titles they are one of the most successful programs in history. The program has produced 214 All-Americans which have helped to lead this great program. I’m not sure this year’s team will produce an all-time great, but here is a list of the top ten players to play for the Seminoles.

Deion Sanders

A great three sport athlete in college and perhaps the best corner back in NFL history, Deion ‘Prime Time’ Sanders got his start at FSU. He began starting as only a freshman and made an immediate impact. Deion was a two-time consensus All-American cornerback in 1987 and 1988. He won the Jim Thorpe Award in 1988 and was a standout his entire career. His great career saw him have his jersey at Florida State, #2 retired in 1995. He will go down as one of the best players in the school’s history.  This guy player in the NFL for quite a few teams, for the Reds in MLB, and says he was close to playing for the Hawks in the NBA.

Charlie Ward

A Heisman trophy winner, Charlie Ward may go down as the best quarterback in school history. He was Bowden‘s first black quarterback and was inducted in the College Football Hall of Fame in 2006. He led the Seminoles to their first-ever National Championship in 1993. He also was a two sport athlete and played in the NBA. Amazingly he is the only Heisman winner to not get taken in the NFL draft.

Warrick Dunn

One of the best running backs in FSU history, Warrick Dunn had a great collegiate career. He holds several Florida State rushing records including the mark for most career rushing yards at nearly 4,000 yards. He also holds the single season mark at 1,242 yards in a season. He had an amazing 12 year run in the NFL. A National Champion in 1993, his number 28 is retired as well.

Jameis Winston

The most recent star on this list, Jameis Winston had a super career at FSU. His first game was a sign of things to come. He threw 25 of 27 passes with four passing touchdowns along with a rushing touchdown against the University of Pittsburgh in his very first game. In 2014 he took the Seminoles on an incredible run in which they went 13-0. The lost in the Rose Bowl to Oregon. He finished his career 26–1 with 65 touchdowns.

Derrick Brooks

A superb linebacker Brooks played for the Florida State Seminoles football team from 1992 to 1994. He was an all American his junior and senior seasons. He is a national champion that finished his career with 274 tackles, five interceptions, 8.5 sacks.

Fred Biletnikoff

A member of the College Hall of Fame Biletnikoff was the first ever consensus All-American to play for the Seminoles. He played both offense and defense and for many years held the record for the longest return interception for a touchdown-99 yards, until it was broken in 1987 by Deion Sanders.

Sebastian Janikowski

Known as being one of the greatest kickers of all time Sebastian Janikowski had a great career at FSU. He was a two time All-American and is one of only a few kickers in history to be drafted in the first round. In just three seasons at FSU, he had a career scoring total of 324 points. Many view Janikowski as having the strongest leg in history and to have played for the best Florida State team ever.

Marvin Jones

Another great FSU linebacker, Marvin Jones was a standout in college. A consensus All American he lead the Seminoles to an amazing 21-3 over two years in the early 90’s. He was inducted into the FSU Hall of Fame in 2000.

Walter Jones

A standout at offensive tackle, Walter Jones started his collegiate career at Holmes Community College before transferring to FSU. He lead his team to the Sugar Bowl, allowing only one sack the entire season and was an All-ACC player.

Ron Simmons

Considered one of Florida State`s “greatest recruiting victories” Ron Simmons was a tremendous player in the late 70’s. The Seminoles were 39–8 during his stay. He helped the school earn back-to-back Orange Bowl trips and was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 2008.