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A list of the best Heisman Trophy winners of all time. Since 1935, the Heisman Trophy has been handed out to the outstanding college football player whose performance best exhibits the pursuit of excellence with integrity. Some of the greatest players in college football history have won this award. The Heisman Trophy is one of the most coveted awards in all of American sports. Of the tens of thousands of players who compete on Saturdays, many of them want to win this award.

Notre Dame and Ohio State are currently the schools with the most Heisman winners with 7 each. USC is second with 6, though they had 7 prior to Reggie Bush vacating the 2005 Heisman Trophy due to a controversial ruling by the NCAA. Schools, students and alumni take a lot of pride when one of their players winning the Heisman.

The list of collegiate superstars who have won the Heisman is impressive. Pro Football Hall of Fame running backs like Oklahoma State's Barry Sanders, USC's Marcus Allen and Texas's Earl Campbell were all recipients of the Heisman Trophy. Ohio State's Archie Griffin is the only two-time Heisman winner. More recently, quarterbacks like Auburn's Cam Newton, Baylor's Robert Griffin III and Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel have won the award.  

College football is one of the most popular sports in America. Second to winning a national championship, nothing riles up a school's fan base like having a player in contention to win the Heisman Trophy.

This is the list of all of the Heisman Trophy winners of all time. Vote or rerank this list based on who you think is the greatest Heisman Trophy winner ever. 
list ordered by

1
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Barry Sanders is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Barry Sanders Running back

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2
+ - 421 107
Bo Jackson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Bo Jackson Running back

3
+ - 309 124
Herschel Walker is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Herschel Walker Running back, Return specialist

4
+ - 248 97
Earl Campbell is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Earl Campbell Running back

5
+ - 279 126
Charles Woodson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Charles Woodson Cornerback, Return specialist, Safety

6
+ - 211 112
Tony Dorsett is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Tony Dorsett Running back

7
+ - 239 111
Roger Staubach is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Roger Staubach Quarterback

8
+ - 207 97
Marcus Allen is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Marcus Allen Running back

9
+ - 158 128
Tim Brown is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Tim Brown Wide Receiver

10
+ - 199 156
O. J. Simpson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
O. J. Simpson Running back

11
+ - 182 133
Doug Flutie is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Doug Flutie Quarterback

12
+ - 161 144
Desmond Howard is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Desmond Howard Return specialist, Punt returner, Kickoff returner

13
+ - 201 128
Archie Griffin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Archie Griffin Running back

14
+ - 228 181
Cam Newton is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Cam Newton Quarterback

15
+ - 142 120
Eddie George is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Eddie George Running back

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16
+ - 129 108
Ricky Williams is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Ricky Williams Running back

17
+ - 221 194
Tim Tebow is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Tim Tebow Quarterback

18
+ - 89 88
Reggie Bush is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Reggie Bush Running back

19
+ - 124 105
Billy Sims is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Billy Sims Running Back

20
+ - 118 87
Doak Walker is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Doak Walker Running back, Return specialist, Halfback

21
+ - 109 94
Marcus Mariota is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Marcus Mariota Quarterback

22
+ - 111 97
Jim Plunkett is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Jim Plunkett Quarterback

23
+ - 123 115
Carson Palmer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Carson Palmer Quarterback

24
+ - 126 178
Robert Griffin III is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Robert Griffin III Quarterback

25
+ - 92 96
Paul Hornung is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Paul Hornung Running Back

26
+ - 99 132
Mark Ingram, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Mark Ingram, Jr. Running back

27
+ - 55 91
Charles White is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Charles White Running Back

28
+ - 44 85
George Rogers is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
George Rogers Running back

29
+ - 72 82
Johnny Rodgers is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Johnny Rodgers Running back, Return specialist, Wide receiver

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30
+ - 81 78
Ernie Davis is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Ernie Davis Running Back

31
+ - 62 71
Davey O'Brien is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Davey O'Brien Quarterback

32
+ - 57 89
Ron Dayne is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Ron Dayne Running Back

33
+ - 73 96
Charlie Ward is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Charlie Ward Quarterback

34
+ - 68 65
Glenn Davis is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Glenn Davis Running back, Halfback

35
+ - 74 99
Vinny Testaverde is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Vinny Testaverde Quarterback

36
+ - 67 90
Mike Rozier is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Mike Rozier Running back

37
+ - 86 118
Sam Bradford is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Sam Bradford Quarterback

38
+ - 60 63
Doc Blanchard is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Doc Blanchard Running back, Fullback, Linebacker

39
+ - 102 219
Johnny Manziel is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time

40
+ - 45 67
Tom Harmon is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Tom Harmon Running Back

41
+ - 38 50
Ty Detmer is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Ty Detmer Quarterback

42
+ - 36 67
Troy Smith is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Troy Smith Quarterback

43
+ - 50 89
Andre Ware is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Andre Ware Quarterback

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44
+ - 39 71
Howard Cassady is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Howard Cassady Running back, Halfback

45
+ - 39 70
Bruce Smith is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Bruce Smith Running back, Halfback

46
+ - 55 84
Steve Spurrier is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Steve Spurrier Quarterback

47
+ - 33 67
Les Horvath is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Les Horvath Running back, Quarterback

48
+ - 48 74
Alan Ameche is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Alan Ameche Running back, Fullback

49
+ - 53 85
John Cappelletti is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
John Cappelletti Running back

50
+ - 46 79
Pat Sullivan is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Pat Sullivan Quarterback