athletes The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time  

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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
459 102
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
437 118
Bo Jackson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Bo Jackson Running back

3
324 134
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
256 105
Earl Campbell is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Earl Campbell Running back

5
295 137
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
245 122
Roger Staubach is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Roger Staubach Quarterback

7
218 103
Marcus Allen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Marcus Allen Running back

8
215 123
Tony Dorsett is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Tony Dorsett Running back

9
163 136
Tim Brown is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Tim Brown Wide Receiver

10
170 153
Desmond Howard is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Desmond Howard Return specialist, Punt returner, Kickoff returner

11
206 169
O. J. Simpson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
O. J. Simpson Running back

12
186 141
Doug Flutie is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Doug Flutie Quarterback

13
208 133
Archie Griffin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Archie Griffin Running back

14
235 195
Cam Newton is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Cam Newton Quarterback

15
145 127
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
134 117
Ricky Williams is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Ricky Williams Running back

17
235 203
Tim Tebow is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Tim Tebow Quarterback

18
98 96
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
128 109
Billy Sims is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Billy Sims Running Back

20
122 90
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
118 99
Marcus Mariota is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
surag added Marcus Mariota Quarterback

22
117 101
Jim Plunkett is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Jim Plunkett Quarterback

23
126 120
Carson Palmer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Carson Palmer Quarterback

24
131 188
Robert Griffin III is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Robert Griffin III Quarterback

25
94 100
Paul Hornung is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Paul Hornung Running Back

26
103 137
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
56 96
Charles White is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Charles White Running Back

28
46 90
George Rogers is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
George Rogers Running back

29
75 87
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
84 82
Ernie Davis is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Ernie Davis Running Back

31
60 93
Ron Dayne is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Ron Dayne Running Back

32
63 76
Davey O'Brien is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Davey O'Brien Quarterback

33
70 68
Glenn Davis is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Glenn Davis Running back, Halfback

34
91 122
Sam Bradford is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Sam Bradford Quarterback

35
77 105
Vinny Testaverde is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Vinny Testaverde Quarterback

36
74 103
Charlie Ward is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Charlie Ward Quarterback

37
69 96
Mike Rozier is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Mike Rozier Running back

38
61 67
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
106 230
Johnny Manziel is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time

40
49 71
Tom Harmon is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Tom Harmon Running Back

41
53 92
Andre Ware is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Andre Ware Quarterback

42
39 72
Troy Smith is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Troy Smith Quarterback

43
41 73
Howard Cassady is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Howard Cassady Running back, Halfback

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44
40 56
Ty Detmer is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
RobLein added Ty Detmer Quarterback

45
39 74
Bruce Smith is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Bruce Smith Running back, Halfback

46
57 90
Steve Spurrier is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Steve Spurrier Quarterback

47
34 70
Les Horvath is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Les Horvath Running back, Quarterback

48
56 88
John Cappelletti is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
John Cappelletti Running back

49
49 77
Alan Ameche is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Alan Ameche Running back, Fullback

50
47 82
Pat Sullivan is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Pat Sullivan Quarterback