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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
442 101
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
426 111
Bo Jackson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Bo Jackson Running back

3
313 129
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
251 102
Earl Campbell is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Earl Campbell Running back

5
284 130
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
241 114
Roger Staubach is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Roger Staubach Quarterback

7
212 116
Tony Dorsett is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Tony Dorsett Running back

8
211 100
Marcus Allen is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Marcus Allen Running back

9
159 131
Tim Brown is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Tim Brown Wide Receiver

10
202 161
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
184 136
Doug Flutie is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Doug Flutie Quarterback

12
163 147
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
203 131
Archie Griffin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Archie Griffin Running back

14
231 185
Cam Newton is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Cam Newton Quarterback

15
131 111
Ricky Williams is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Ricky Williams Running back

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16
143 123
Eddie George is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Eddie George Running back

17
226 195
Tim Tebow is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Tim Tebow Quarterback

18
91 89
Reggie Bush is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
RobLein added Reggie Bush Running back

19
124 108
Billy Sims is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Billy Sims Running Back

20
119 89
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
114 94
Marcus Mariota is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
surag added Marcus Mariota Quarterback

22
112 99
Jim Plunkett is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Jim Plunkett Quarterback

23
124 116
Carson Palmer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Carson Palmer Quarterback

24
128 179
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 98
Paul Hornung is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Paul Hornung Running Back

26
100 133
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 93
Charles White is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Charles White Running Back

28
44 87
George Rogers is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
George Rogers Running back

29
73 84
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 80
Ernie Davis is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Ernie Davis Running Back

31
62 73
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 91
Ron Dayne is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Ron Dayne Running Back

33
73 98
Charlie Ward is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Charlie Ward Quarterback

34
68 67
Glenn Davis is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Glenn Davis Running back, Halfback

35
74 101
Vinny Testaverde is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Vinny Testaverde Quarterback

36
87 119
Sam Bradford is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Sam Bradford Quarterback

37
67 92
Mike Rozier is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Mike Rozier Running back

38
105 220
Johnny Manziel is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time

39
60 65
Doc Blanchard is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Doc Blanchard Running back, Fullback, Linebacker

40
45 69
Tom Harmon is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Tom Harmon Running Back

41
37 67
Troy Smith is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Troy Smith Quarterback

42
51 90
Andre Ware is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Andre Ware Quarterback

43
38 51
Ty Detmer is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
RobLein added Ty Detmer Quarterback

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44
39 72
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 71
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 85
Steve Spurrier is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Steve Spurrier Quarterback

47
33 68
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 75
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 86
John Cappelletti is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
John Cappelletti Running back

50
46 80
Pat Sullivan is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Pat Sullivan Quarterback