College Football 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
791 225
Barry Sanders is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back
2
755 240
Bo Jackson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back
3
565 245
Herschel Walker is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back, Return specialist
4
508 265
Charles Woodson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Cornerback, Return specialist, Safety
5
423 186
Earl Campbell is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back
6
367 188
Marcus Allen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back
7
355 203
Tony Dorsett is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back
8
392 219
Roger Staubach is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Quarterback
9
275 217
Ricky Williams is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back
10
273 244
Tim Brown is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Wide Receiver
11
350 315
O. J. Simpson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back
12
339 234
Archie Griffin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back
13
405 335
Cam Newton is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Quarterback
14
432 363
Tim Tebow is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Quarterback
15
284 270
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
282 247
Doug Flutie is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Quarterback
17
253 207
Eddie George is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back
18
239 192
Reggie Bush is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
RobLein added Running back
19
212 185
Billy Sims is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running Back
20
240 195
Marcus Mariota is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
surag added Quarterback
21
188 173
Jim Plunkett is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Quarterback
22
191 156
Doak Walker is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back, Return specialist, Halfback
23
203 204
Carson Palmer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Quarterback
24
165 165
Paul Hornung is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running Back
25
219 319
Robert Griffin III is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Quarterback