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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
522 129
Barry Sanders is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Barry Sanders Running back

2
495 143
Bo Jackson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Bo Jackson Running back

3
369 150
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
328 160
Charles Woodson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Charles Woodson Cornerback, Return specialist, Safety

5
288 116
Earl Campbell is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Earl Campbell Running back

6
247 120
Marcus Allen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Marcus Allen Running back

7
276 133
Roger Staubach is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Roger Staubach Quarterback

8
242 139
Tony Dorsett is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Tony Dorsett Running back

9
182 154
Tim Brown is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Tim Brown Wide Receiver

10
202 160
Doug Flutie is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Doug Flutie Quarterback

11
233 148
Archie Griffin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Archie Griffin Running back

12
231 205
O. J. Simpson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
O. J. Simpson Running back

13
167 130
Ricky Williams is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Ricky Williams Running back

14
190 177
Desmond Howard is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Desmond Howard Return specialist, Punt returner, Kickoff returner

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15
266 218
Cam Newton is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Cam Newton Quarterback

16
282 231
Tim Tebow is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Tim Tebow Quarterback

17
174 138
Eddie George is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Eddie George Running back

18
125 117
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
139 125
Billy Sims is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Billy Sims Running Back

20
135 101
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
140 115
Marcus Mariota is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
surag added Marcus Mariota Quarterback

The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time

22
132 115
Jim Plunkett is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Jim Plunkett Quarterback

23
112 109
Paul Hornung is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Paul Hornung Running Back

24
149 214
Robert Griffin III is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Robert Griffin III Quarterback

25
138 140
Carson Palmer is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Carson Palmer Quarterback

26
116 155
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
66 107
Charles White is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Charles White Running Back

28
55 104
George Rogers is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
George Rogers Running back

The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time

29
89 101
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

30
96 92
Ernie Davis is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Ernie Davis Running Back

31
76 108
Ron Dayne is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Ron Dayne Running Back

32
89 117
Charlie Ward is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Charlie Ward Quarterback

33
72 85
Davey O'Brien is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Davey O'Brien Quarterback

34
83 105
Mike Rozier is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Mike Rozier Running back

35
76 79
Glenn Davis is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Glenn Davis Running back, Halfback

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36
86 121
Vinny Testaverde is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Vinny Testaverde Quarterback

37
100 143
Sam Bradford is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Sam Bradford Quarterback

38
69 79
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
119 262
Johnny Manziel is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time

40
73 103
Steve Spurrier is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Steve Spurrier Quarterback

41
49 91
Troy Smith is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Troy Smith Quarterback

42
57 80
Tom Harmon is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Tom Harmon Running Back

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43
66 99
John Cappelletti is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
John Cappelletti Running back

44
62 107
Andre Ware is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Andre Ware Quarterback

45
49 68
Ty Detmer is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
RobLein added Ty Detmer Quarterback

46
46 86
Howard Cassady is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Howard Cassady Running back, Halfback

47
45 87
Bruce Smith is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Bruce Smith Running back, Halfback

48
57 86
Alan Ameche is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Alan Ameche Running back, Fullback

49
44 84
Steve Owens is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Steve Owens Running back

50
40 80
Les Horvath is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Les Horvath Running back, Quarterback