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A list of the best Michigan Wolverines football players of all time. When many people think of college football, the University of Michigan is one of the first schools that they associate with the game. Michigan currently has the most wins in college football history and many of college football's greats have worn the maize and blue. Michigan has won or shared 42 league titles; only Oklahoma and Nebraska have more conference championships in college football. Since the inception of the AP Poll in 1936, Michigan has finished in the top 10 a record 37 times. The Wolverines claim 11 national championships, most recently that of the 1997 squad voted atop the final AP Poll.

With championships comes great players. Some of the best Michigan players ever have led the school to not only titles, but to the Rose Bowl. The New Year's Day game is a Michigan staple and the Wolverines have played in Pasadena 20 times. Some of Michigan's best players cemented their legacy as famous Michigan football players with strong Rose Bowl performances.

Michigan has a rich history of having outstanding players on its rosters. Who wouldn't want to play for the winningest team in college history? That's what attracted Heisman Trophy winners like Desmond Howard and Charles Woodson to the school. Even a former President of the United States played for the Wolverines. Yes, Gerald Ford was a standout footballer before he entered the White House. 

This is a list of the best Michigan Wolverines football players of all time. If you see someone missing from this list, feel free to add him. Vote or rerank this list of the greatest Michigan Wolverines of all time by who you think should be at the top. 
 
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Charles Woodson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Charles Woodson Cornerback, Return specialist, Safety

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+ - 371 94
Desmond Howard is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Desmond Howard Return specialist, Punt returner, Kickoff returner

3
+ - 448 174
Tom Brady is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Tom Brady Quarterback

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+ - 251 96
Ty Law is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Ty Law Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back

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+ - 242 76
Jake Long is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Jake Long Tackle

6
+ - 193 59
Braylon Edwards is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Braylon Edwards Wide receiver

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+ - 218 68
Anthony Carter is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Anthony Carter Wide receiver

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+ - 195 66
Tyrone Wheatley is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Tyrone Wheatley Running back

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+ - 245 75
Jim Harbaugh is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Jim Harbaugh Quarterback

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+ - 233 69
Tom Harmon is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time

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LaMarr Woodley is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
LaMarr Woodley Outside Linebacker

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Jabrill Peppers is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Jabrill Peppers

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Denard Robinson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Denard Robinson Running back, Quarterback, Wide receiver

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+ - 143 42
Steve Hutchinson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time

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Dan Dierdorf is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Dan Dierdorf Tackle, Offensive Lineman

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+ - 143 52
Mike Hart is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Mike Hart Running back

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+ - 133 44
Tshimanga Biakabutuka is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Tshimanga Biakabutuka Running back

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+ - 75 18
Leon Hall is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Leon Hall Cornerback

19
+ - 121 58
Brian Griese is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Brian Griese Quarterback

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+ - 114 47
Mario Manningham is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Mario Manningham Wide receiver

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+ - 99 35
Anthony Thomas is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Anthony Thomas Running back

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Amani Toomer is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Amani Toomer Wide receiver

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Jourdan Lewis is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Jourdan Lewis

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+ - 89 28
Rick Leach is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time

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+ - 84 35
Bennie Oosterbaan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Bennie Oosterbaan Wide receiver

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+ - 101 60
Chad Henne is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Chad Henne Quarterback

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+ - 75 45
Brandon Graham is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Brandon Graham Defensive end

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+ - 78 39
Ron Kramer is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Ron Kramer End, Tight end

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Chris Perry is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Chris Perry Running back

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Gerald Ford is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Gerald Ford Linebacker, Center

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Jason Avant is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Jason Avant Wide receiver

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David Terrell is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
David Terrell Safety

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Marlin Jackson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Marlin Jackson Cornerback, Safety

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+ - 59 32
Butch Woolfolk is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Butch Woolfolk Running back, Return specialist, Kickoff returner

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John Elliott is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
John Elliott Defensive tackle, Tackle

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+ - 49 28
Chris Hutchinson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Chris Hutchinson Defensive tackle

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+ - 59 38
Elvis Grbac is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Elvis Grbac Quarterback

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+ - 48 29
Benny Friedman is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Benny Friedman Quarterback

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+ - 51 42
Mercury Hayes is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Mercury Hayes Return specialist, Punt returner, Kickoff returner

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+ - 44 35
Jeremy Gallon is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Jeremy Gallon Wide receiver

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+ - 40 33
Mark Messner is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Mark Messner Linebacker

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+ - 38 33
Jarrett Irons is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Jarrett Irons Linebacker

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+ - 32 36
Erick Anderson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Erick Anderson Linebacker

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+ - 35 40
John Navarre is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
John Navarre Quarterback

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+ - 38 34
Marquise Walker is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Marquise Walker Punt returner, Wide receiver

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+ - 38 34
Ron Johnson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Ron Johnson Cornerback

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Terry Barr is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Terry Barr Wide receiver

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+ - 32 37
Shawn Crable is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Shawn Crable Linebacker

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+ - 35 32
David Baas is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
David Baas Guard, Center

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+ - 27 35
Harry Newman is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Harry Newman Running back, Halfback, Quarterback