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
737 201
Barry Sanders is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back

2
707 221
Bo Jackson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back

3
525 226
Herschel Walker is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back, Return specialist

4
476 242
Charles Woodson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Cornerback, Return specialist, Safety

5
398 176
Earl Campbell is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back

6
349 172
Marcus Allen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back

7
375 200
Roger Staubach is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Quarterback

8
333 191
Tony Dorsett is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back

9
262 227
Tim Brown is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Wide Receiver

10
253 199
Ricky Williams is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back

11
327 293
O. J. Simpson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back

12
322 217
Archie Griffin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back

13
271 234
Doug Flutie is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Quarterback

14
377 317
Cam Newton is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Quarterback

15
267 254
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
238 194
Eddie George is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back

17
399 341
Tim Tebow is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Quarterback

18
211 178
Reggie Bush is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
RobLein added Running back

19
179 157
Jim Plunkett is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Quarterback

20
226 179
Marcus Mariota is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
surag added Quarterback

21
196 177
Billy Sims is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running Back

22
184 141
Doak Walker is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back, Return specialist, Halfback

23
189 190
Carson Palmer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Quarterback

24
153 150
Paul Hornung is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running Back

25
206 301
Robert Griffin III is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Quarterback

26
164 211
Mark Ingram, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back

27
80 147
George Rogers is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back

28
92 154
Charles White is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running Back

29
117 137
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
125 119
Ernie Davis is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running Back

31
121 159
Charlie Ward is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Quarterback

32
140 191
Sam Bradford is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Quarterback

33
97 151
Ron Dayne is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running Back

34
90 114
Davey O'Brien is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Quarterback

35
110 159
Vinny Testaverde is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Quarterback

36
103 143
Mike Rozier is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back

37
93 109
Glenn Davis is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back, Halfback

38
173 350
Johnny Manziel is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time

39
86 107
Doc Blanchard is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back, Fullback, Linebacker

40
78 108
Tom Harmon is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running Back

41
93 136
Steve Spurrier is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Quarterback

42
70 136
Troy Smith is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Quarterback

43
83 125
John Cappelletti is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back

44
83 137
Andre Ware is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Quarterback

45
65 108
Steve Owens is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back

46
68 99
Ty Detmer is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
RobLein added Quarterback

47
73 105
Alan Ameche is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back, Fullback

48
73 113
Pat Sullivan is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Quarterback

49
61 93
Nile Kinnick is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Halfback

50
51 102
Les Horvath is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Running back, Quarterback