College Sports 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
681 181
Barry Sanders is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back

2
652 198
Bo Jackson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back

3
485 208
Herschel Walker is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back, Return specialist

4
437 218
Charles Woodson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Cornerback, Return specialist, Safety

5
371 161
Earl Campbell is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back

6
317 161
Marcus Allen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back

7
314 174
Tony Dorsett is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back

8
348 182
Roger Staubach is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Quarterback

9
305 196
Archie Griffin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back

10
231 179
Ricky Williams is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back

11
237 213
Tim Brown is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Wide Receiver

12
253 216
Doug Flutie is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Quarterback

13
251 236
Desmond Howard is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Return specialist, Punt returner, Kickoff returner

14
294 276
O. J. Simpson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back

15
351 294
Cam Newton is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Quarterback

16
373 315
Tim Tebow is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Quarterback

17
222 181
Eddie George is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back

18
189 164
Reggie Bush is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
RobLein added Running back

19
209 161
Marcus Mariota is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
surag added Quarterback

20
180 166
Billy Sims is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running Back

21
174 134
Doak Walker is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back, Return specialist, Halfback

22
170 145
Jim Plunkett is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Quarterback

23
142 141
Paul Hornung is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running Back

24
196 281
Robert Griffin III is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Quarterback

25
176 180
Carson Palmer is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Quarterback

26
150 202
Mark Ingram, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back

27
86 142
Charles White is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running Back

28
74 136
George Rogers is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back

29
112 129
Johnny Rodgers is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back, Return specialist, Wide receiver

30
120 112
Ernie Davis is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running Back

31
115 149
Charlie Ward is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Quarterback

32
93 143
Ron Dayne is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running Back

33
86 108
Davey O'Brien is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Quarterback

34
131 180
Sam Bradford is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Quarterback

35
97 133
Mike Rozier is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back

36
103 153
Vinny Testaverde is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Quarterback

37
89 106
Glenn Davis is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back, Halfback

38
162 331
Johnny Manziel is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time

39
83 103
Doc Blanchard is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back, Fullback, Linebacker

40
75 103
Tom Harmon is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running Back

41
66 124
Troy Smith is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Quarterback

42
89 131
Steve Spurrier is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Quarterback

43
78 121
John Cappelletti is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back

44
78 130
Andre Ware is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Quarterback

45
62 101
Steve Owens is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back

46
62 94
Ty Detmer is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
RobLein added Quarterback

47
48 85
John David Crow is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back, Halfback

48
55 109
Howard Cassady is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back, Halfback

49
53 104
Bruce Smith is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back, Halfback

50
49 95
Les Horvath is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back, Quarterback