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A list of the best Michigan Wolverines football players of all time. When many people think of college football, the University of Michigan is one of the first schools that they associate with the game. Michigan currently has the most wins in college football history and many of college football's greats have worn the maize and blue. Michigan has won or shared 42 league titles; only Oklahoma and Nebraska have more conference championships in college football. Since the inception of the AP Poll in 1936, Michigan has finished in the top 10 a record 37 times. The Wolverines claim 11 national championships, most recently that of the 1997 squad voted atop the final AP Poll.

With championships comes great players. Some of the best Michigan players ever have led the school to not only titles, but to the Rose Bowl. The New Year's Day game is a Michigan staple and the Wolverines have played in Pasadena 20 times. Some of Michigan's best players cemented their legacy as famous Michigan football players with strong Rose Bowl performances.

Michigan has a rich history of having outstanding players on its rosters. Who wouldn't want to play for the winningest team in college history? That's what attracted Heisman Trophy winners like Desmond Howard and Charles Woodson to the school. Even a former President of the United States played for the Wolverines. Yes, Gerald Ford was a standout footballer before he entered the White House. 

This is a list of the best Michigan Wolverines football players of all time. If you see someone missing from this list, feel free to add him. Vote or rerank this list of the greatest Michigan Wolverines of all time by who you think should be at the top. 
 
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1
696 83
Charles Woodson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Charles Woodson Cornerback, Return specialist, Safety

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2
494 132
Desmond Howard is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Desmond Howard Return specialist, Punt returner, Kickoff returner

3
635 247
Tom Brady is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Tom Brady Quarterback

4
322 120
Ty Law is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Ty Law Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back

5
325 100
Jake Long is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Jake Long Tackle

6
247 43
Jabrill Peppers is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
swag added Jabrill Peppers

7
326 93
Jim Harbaugh is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Jim Harbaugh Quarterback

8
247 81
Braylon Edwards is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Braylon Edwards Wide receiver

9
279 91
Anthony Carter is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Anthony Carter Wide receiver

10
244 83
Tyrone Wheatley is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Tyrone Wheatley Running back

11
273 88
Tom Harmon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time

12
207 68
LaMarr Woodley is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
LaMarr Woodley Outside Linebacker

13
261 100
Denard Robinson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Denard Robinson Running back, Quarterback, Wide receiver

14
184 52
Steve Hutchinson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time

15
174 75
Dan Dierdorf is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Dan Dierdorf Tackle, Offensive Lineman

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16
103 25
Leon Hall is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
kelly-jameston added Leon Hall Cornerback

17
160 66
Brian Griese is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Brian Griese Quarterback

18
172 67
Mike Hart is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Mike Hart Running back

19
161 55
Tshimanga Biakabutuka is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Tshimanga Biakabutuka Running back

20
147 58
Mario Manningham is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Mario Manningham Wide receiver

21
135 51
Amani Toomer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Amani Toomer Wide receiver

22
128 45
Anthony Thomas is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Anthony Thomas Running back

23
89 20
Jourdan Lewis is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
calhouse added Jourdan Lewis

24
96 53
Brandon Graham is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Brandon Graham Defensive end

25
131 75
Chad Henne is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Chad Henne Quarterback

26
108 38
Rick Leach is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time

27
64 26
Jason Avant is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
slaft added Jason Avant Wide receiver

28
97 49
Bennie Oosterbaan is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Bennie Oosterbaan Wide receiver

29
96 38
Chris Perry is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Chris Perry Running back

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30
107 50
Gerald Ford is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Gerald Ford Linebacker, Center

31
78 46
David Terrell is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
David Terrell Safety

32
92 52
Ron Kramer is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Ron Kramer End, Tight end

33
52 26
Marlin Jackson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
kelly-jameston added Marlin Jackson Cornerback, Safety

34
74 42
Butch Woolfolk is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Butch Woolfolk Running back, Return specialist, Kickoff returner

35
64 35
Chris Hutchinson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Chris Hutchinson Defensive tackle

36
75 46
Elvis Grbac is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Elvis Grbac Quarterback

37
60 34
John Elliott is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
John Elliott Defensive tackle, Tackle

38
60 47
Jeremy Gallon is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
ZachMusclesGlassesFannock added Jeremy Gallon Wide receiver

39
58 50
Mercury Hayes is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Mercury Hayes Return specialist, Punt returner, Kickoff returner

40
57 42
Benny Friedman is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Benny Friedman Quarterback

41
54 39
Jarrett Irons is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Jarrett Irons Linebacker

42
53 39
Marquise Walker is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Marquise Walker Punt returner, Wide receiver

43
53 52
John Navarre is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
John Navarre Quarterback

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44
50 42
Mark Messner is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Mark Messner Linebacker

45
46 38
David Baas is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
David Baas Guard, Center

46
39 45
Erick Anderson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Erick Anderson Linebacker

47
46 41
Ron Johnson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Ron Johnson Cornerback

48
39 47
Jordan Kovacs is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Jordan Kovacs Defensive back

49
40 47
Shawn Crable is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Shawn Crable Linebacker

50
13 16
Terry Barr is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Cameron John added Terry Barr Wide receiver