College Sports The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time  

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List Rules Please rank the players only on their Heisman season and not how they played in the pros or in bowl games

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
753 207
Barry Sanders is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back

2
721 227
Bo Jackson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back

3
537 232
Herschel Walker is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back, Return specialist

4
485 247
Charles Woodson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Cornerback, Return specialist, Safety

5
402 181
Earl Campbell is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back

6
353 178
Marcus Allen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back

7
378 208
Roger Staubach is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Quarterback

8
337 198
Tony Dorsett is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back

9
265 232
Tim Brown is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Wide Receiver

10
259 205
Ricky Williams is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back

11
331 302
O. J. Simpson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back

12
325 227
Archie Griffin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back

13
274 238
Doug Flutie is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Quarterback

14
385 323
Cam Newton is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Quarterback

15
273 258
Desmond Howard is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Return specialist, Punt returner, Kickoff returner

16
409 346
Tim Tebow is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Quarterback

17
242 200
Eddie George is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back

18
218 185
Reggie Bush is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
RobLein added Running back

19
232 184
Marcus Mariota is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
surag added Quarterback

20
182 164
Jim Plunkett is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Quarterback

21
199 180
Billy Sims is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running Back

22
184 146
Doak Walker is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back, Return specialist, Halfback

23
193 196
Carson Palmer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Quarterback

24
156 156
Paul Hornung is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running Back

25
211 306
Robert Griffin III is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Quarterback