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
676 181
Barry Sanders is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back

2
647 197
Bo Jackson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back

3
480 207
Herschel Walker is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back, Return specialist

4
435 217
Charles Woodson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Cornerback, Return specialist, Safety

5
368 160
Earl Campbell is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back

6
314 161
Marcus Allen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back

7
313 172
Tony Dorsett is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back

8
345 180
Roger Staubach is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Quarterback

9
230 177
Ricky Williams is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back

10
304 196
Archie Griffin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back

11
235 211
Tim Brown is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Wide Receiver

12
252 215
Doug Flutie is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Quarterback

13
351 291
Cam Newton is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Quarterback

14
249 235
Desmond Howard is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Return specialist, Punt returner, Kickoff returner

15
291 276
O. J. Simpson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back

16
222 180
Eddie George is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back

17
370 314
Tim Tebow is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Quarterback

18
188 163
Reggie Bush is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
RobLein added Running back

19
204 161
Marcus Mariota is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
surag added Quarterback

20
180 165
Billy Sims is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running Back

21
174 132
Doak Walker is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back, Return specialist, Halfback

22
168 145
Jim Plunkett is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Quarterback

23
193 279
Robert Griffin III is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Quarterback

24
140 141
Paul Hornung is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running Back

25
175 178
Carson Palmer is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Quarterback

26
149 199
Mark Ingram, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back

27
86 139
Charles White is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running Back

28
73 135
George Rogers is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back

29
109 129
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
119 112
Ernie Davis is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running Back

31
115 146
Charlie Ward is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Quarterback

32
92 143
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
128 180
Sam Bradford is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Quarterback

35
103 153
Vinny Testaverde is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Quarterback

36
95 133
Mike Rozier is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back

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
160 331
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
60 101
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
55 109
Howard Cassady is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back, Halfback

48
53 104
Bruce Smith is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back, Halfback

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

50
47 85
John David Crow is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back, Halfback