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. 

1
546 157
Bo Jackson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Bo Jackson Running back

2
569 146
Barry Sanders is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Barry Sanders Running back

3
398 174
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
316 133
Earl Campbell is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Earl Campbell Running back

5
360 183
Charles Woodson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Charles Woodson Cornerback, Return specialist, Safety

6
271 135
Marcus Allen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Marcus Allen Running back

7
298 152
Roger Staubach is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Roger Staubach Quarterback

8
265 153
Tony Dorsett is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Tony Dorsett Running back

9
202 177
Tim Brown is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Tim Brown Wide Receiver

10
254 166
Archie Griffin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Archie Griffin Running back

11
254 229
O. J. Simpson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
O. J. Simpson Running back

12
219 185
Doug Flutie is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Doug Flutie Quarterback

13
185 152
Ricky Williams is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Ricky Williams Running back

14
292 243
Cam Newton is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Cam Newton Quarterback

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15
204 200
Desmond Howard is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Desmond Howard Return specialist, Punt returner, Kickoff returner

16
307 266
Tim Tebow is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Tim Tebow Quarterback

17
186 155
Eddie George is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Eddie George Running back

18
150 138
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
157 139
Billy Sims is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Billy Sims Running Back

20
164 134
Marcus Mariota is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
surag added Marcus Mariota Quarterback

21
152 116
Doak Walker is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Doak Walker Running back, Return specialist, Halfback

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22
143 129
Jim Plunkett is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Jim Plunkett Quarterback

23
156 155
Carson Palmer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Carson Palmer Quarterback

24
124 124
Paul Hornung is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Paul Hornung Running Back

25
163 238
Robert Griffin III is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Robert Griffin III Quarterback

26
127 172
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
77 120
Charles White is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Charles White Running Back

28
65 116
George Rogers is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
George Rogers Running back

The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time

29
97 112
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
108 102
Ernie Davis is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Ernie Davis Running Back

31
84 124
Ron Dayne is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Ron Dayne Running Back

32
97 133
Charlie Ward is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Charlie Ward Quarterback

33
77 98
Davey O'Brien is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Davey O'Brien Quarterback

34
88 119
Mike Rozier is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Mike Rozier Running back

35
81 91
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
90 135
Vinny Testaverde is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Vinny Testaverde Quarterback

37
107 160
Sam Bradford is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Sam Bradford Quarterback

38
76 92
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
135 286
Johnny Manziel is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time

40
64 90
Tom Harmon is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Tom Harmon Running Back

41
77 117
Steve Spurrier is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Steve Spurrier Quarterback

42
72 107
John Cappelletti is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
John Cappelletti Running back

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43
51 105
Troy Smith is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Troy Smith Quarterback

44
70 114
Andre Ware is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Andre Ware Quarterback

45
51 79
Ty Detmer is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
RobLein added Ty Detmer Quarterback

46
50 91
Steve Owens is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Steve Owens Running back

47
49 97
Howard Cassady is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Howard Cassady Running back, Halfback

48
43 77
John David Crow is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
John David Crow Running back, Halfback

49
44 86
Les Horvath is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Les Horvath Running back, Quarterback

50
48 96
Bruce Smith is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time
Bruce Smith Running back, Halfback