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
615 163
Barry Sanders is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back

2
582 174
Bo Jackson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back

3
430 190
Herschel Walker is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back, Return specialist

4
395 198
Charles Woodson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Cornerback, Return specialist, Safety

5
334 147
Earl Campbell is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back

6
287 148
Marcus Allen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back

7
284 163
Tony Dorsett is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back

8
316 165
Roger Staubach is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Quarterback

9
274 179
Archie Griffin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back

10
206 161
Ricky Williams is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back

11
215 193
Tim Brown is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Wide Receiver

12
268 248
O. J. Simpson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back

13
226 196
Doug Flutie is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Quarterback

14
313 264
Cam Newton is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Quarterback

15
334 283
Tim Tebow is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Quarterback

16
221 214
Desmond Howard is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Return specialist, Punt returner, Kickoff returner

17
197 168
Eddie George is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back

18
163 147
Reggie Bush is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
RobLein added Running back

19
183 146
Marcus Mariota is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
surag added Quarterback

20
164 152
Billy Sims is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running Back

21
158 122
Doak Walker is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back, Return specialist, Halfback

22
150 137
Jim Plunkett is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Quarterback

23
176 251
Robert Griffin III is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Quarterback

24
130 131
Paul Hornung is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running Back

25
161 163
Carson Palmer is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Quarterback

26
134 181
Mark Ingram, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back

27
81 127
Charles White is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running Back

28
68 124
George Rogers is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back

29
103 117
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
111 105
Ernie Davis is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running Back

31
88 130
Ron Dayne is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running Back

32
103 135
Charlie Ward is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Quarterback

33
81 100
Davey O'Brien is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Quarterback

34
90 122
Mike Rozier is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back

35
95 140
Vinny Testaverde is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Quarterback

36
115 166
Sam Bradford is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Quarterback

37
83 94
Glenn Davis is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back, Halfback

38
77 95
Doc Blanchard is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back, Fullback, Linebacker

39
141 302
Johnny Manziel is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time

40
69 94
Tom Harmon is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running Back

41
82 120
Steve Spurrier is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Quarterback

42
57 110
Troy Smith is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Quarterback

43
74 111
John Cappelletti is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back

44
72 119
Andre Ware is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Quarterback

45
54 94
Steve Owens is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back

46
54 83
Ty Detmer is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
RobLein added Quarterback

47
52 101
Howard Cassady is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back, Halfback

48
45 79
John David Crow is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back, Halfback

49
47 89
Les Horvath is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back, Quarterback

50
49 100
Bruce Smith is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back, Halfback