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
610 182
Bo Jackson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back

2
639 170
Barry Sanders is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back

3
451 196
Herschel Walker is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back, Return specialist

4
409 208
Charles Woodson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Cornerback, Return specialist, Safety

5
347 153
Earl Campbell is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back

6
298 155
Marcus Allen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back

7
329 169
Roger Staubach is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Quarterback

8
295 169
Tony Dorsett is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back

9
219 167
Ricky Williams is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back

10
290 186
Archie Griffin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back

11
225 201
Tim Brown is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Wide Receiver

12
237 220
Desmond Howard is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Return specialist, Punt returner, Kickoff returner

13
331 275
Cam Newton is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Quarterback

14
238 205
Doug Flutie is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Quarterback

15
279 260
O. J. Simpson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back

16
351 299
Tim Tebow is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Quarterback

17
208 175
Eddie George is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back

18
176 156
Reggie Bush is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
RobLein added Running back

19
174 158
Billy Sims is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running Back

20
191 154
Marcus Mariota is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
surag added Quarterback

21
168 128
Doak Walker is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back, Return specialist, Halfback

22
161 142
Jim Plunkett is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Quarterback

23
183 263
Robert Griffin III is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Quarterback

24
167 172
Carson Palmer is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Quarterback

25
134 138
Paul Hornung is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running Back

26
142 191
Mark Ingram, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back

27
84 134
Charles White is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running Back

28
70 130
George Rogers is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back

29
108 124
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
116 110
Ernie Davis is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running Back

31
110 142
Charlie Ward is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Quarterback

32
90 137
Ron Dayne is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running Back

33
84 104
Davey O'Brien is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Quarterback

34
123 172
Sam Bradford is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Quarterback

35
94 128
Mike Rozier is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back

36
98 147
Vinny Testaverde is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Quarterback

37
88 101
Glenn Davis is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back, Halfback

38
82 100
Doc Blanchard is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back, Fullback, Linebacker

39
149 320
Johnny Manziel is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time

40
74 100
Tom Harmon is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running Back

41
87 127
Steve Spurrier is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Quarterback

42
61 119
Troy Smith is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Quarterback

43
77 117
John Cappelletti is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back

44
74 126
Andre Ware is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Quarterback

45
58 97
Steve Owens is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back

46
60 88
Ty Detmer is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
RobLein added Quarterback

47
54 105
Howard Cassady is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back, Halfback

48
46 81
John David Crow is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back, Halfback

49
48 92
Les Horvath is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back, Quarterback

50
51 102
Bruce Smith is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back, Halfback