The Best Miami Football Players of All Time

Over 6.0K Ranker voters have come together to rank this list of The Best Miami Football Players of All Time
Voting Rules
Vote up the best Miami Hurricanes ever to take to the gridiron. Vote based on each player's University of Miami career only.

The Hurricanes from The University of Miami (or, THE U!) is one of the most storied programs in college football history. The Miami Hurricanes football team boasts 5 national titles, 9 conference championships, 2 Heisman Trophy winners, 35 consensus All-Americans, and that's not all. The Canes have also produced the most first round NFL draft picks of any college football program, and also hold the record for most consecutive drafts with at least one first round pick. Not to mention that 10 players from The U are now in the College Football Hall of Fame.

There have obviously been some greats at Miami, but who are the greatest? The following is a list of the best Miami Hurricanes ever. What do you think? Upvote the Miami Hurricane football players from any era, who you think are the best University of Miami players ever.

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  • Ray Lewis
    2,984 votes
    • Birthplace: USA, Florida, Bartow
    • Age: 48
    • Teams: Baltimore Ravens

    Arguably one of the most feared and respected linebackers in both college football and NFL history, Ray Lewis' tenure at the University of Miami was nothing short of dominant. Embodying the swagger and intensity that defined the Hurricanes of the 90s, Lewis' relentless pursuit of the ball and unrivaled leadership skills turned him into a commanding force on the field. It's no surprise that his tenacity and ferocity would translate seamlessly to the NFL, where he became the cornerstone of the Baltimore Ravens defense for over a decade.

  • Ed Reed
    Free Safety
    2,973 votes
    • Birthplace: St. Rose, Louisiana
    • Age: 45
    • Teams: Houston Texans, Baltimore Ravens, New York Jets

    As a ball-hawking safety who terrorized opposing quarterbacks, Ed Reed's presence in the Miami Hurricanes secondary was nothing short of legendary. His game-changing ability to read and anticipate plays helped create one of the most intimidating defensive units in college football history. With a tireless work ethic and a knack for making the big play when it mattered most, Reed laid the foundation for a decorated NFL career that would see him become widely regarded as one of the greatest safeties to ever grace the gridiron.

  • Sean Taylor
    3,036 votes
    • Birthplace: Miami, Florida
    • Age: Dec. at 24 (1983-2007)
    • Teams: Washington Redskins, Miami Hurricanes football

    A true force of nature on the field, the late Sean Taylor's transcendent talent and physicality have immortalized him in the pantheon of all-time Hurricane greats. Combining jaw-dropping athleticism with an unparalleled passion for the game, Taylor's bone-crushing hits and nose for the ball made him the heart and soul of Miami's historically fierce defense. Though his life was tragically cut short, his impact on the game still resonates to this day, and his legend lives on as one of the most inspiring talents to ever don the orange and green.

  • Michael Irvin
    Wide receiver
    2,321 votes
    • Birthplace: Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA
    • Age: 57
    • Teams: Dallas Cowboys

    Michael Irvin, affectionately known as "The Playmaker," left an indelible mark on the University of Miami's storied history thanks to his uncanny ability to come up clutch in high-pressure situations. His unmatched competitive drive and larger-than-life personality helped elevate the Hurricanes to national prominence, making him one of the most influential figures in the program's history. Irvin's unique blend of talent and charisma paved the way for a Hall of Fame NFL career that left fans in awe and opponents shaking in their boots.

  • Warren Sapp
    Defensive tackle, Defensive end, Tackle
    1,755 votes
    • Birthplace: Orlando, Florida, USA
    • Age: 50
    • Teams: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Oakland Raiders, Miami Hurricanes football

    As a one-man wrecking crew, Warren Sapp's exploits as a Hurricane defensive lineman are nothing short of extraordinary. Displaying a rare combination of size, speed, and power, Sapp terrorized opposing offenses with his relentless motor and uncanny ability to penetrate the backfield. His time in Miami laid the groundwork for an illustrious NFL career, earning him a place among the most feared and dominant defensive linemen to ever play the game.

  • Andre Johnson
    Wide receiver
    1,604 votes
    • Birthplace: Miami, Florida
    • Age: 42
    • Teams: Houston Texans, Miami Hurricanes football

    While donning the orange and green, Andre Johnson's combination of size, speed, and hands made him a defensive coordinator's worst nightmare. His smooth route running and stunning athleticism helped him create separation from defenders with ease, making him one of the most dangerous weapons in the college football landscape. Johnson's abilities would only continue to shine at the next level, where he established himself as one of the NFL's most consistently excellent wide receivers during his storied career.