College Sports The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time  

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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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1,039 138
Charles Woodson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Charles Woodson Cornerback, Return specialist, Safety

2
720 231
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
962 380
Tom Brady is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Tom Brady Quarterback

4
497 189
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
478 151
Jake Long is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Jake Long Tackle

6
407 131
Anthony Carter is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Anthony Carter Wide receiver

7
359 120
Tyrone Wheatley is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Tyrone Wheatley Running back

8
380 138
Braylon Edwards is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Braylon Edwards Wide receiver

9
470 160
Jim Harbaugh is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Jim Harbaugh Quarterback

10
450 138
Jabrill Peppers is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
swag added Jabrill Peppers

11
323 100
LaMarr Woodley is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
LaMarr Woodley Outside Linebacker

12
384 114
Tom Harmon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time

13
272 106
Dan Dierdorf is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Dan Dierdorf Tackle, Offensive Lineman

14
266 75
Steve Hutchinson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time

15
379 164
Denard Robinson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Denard Robinson Running back, Quarterback, Wide receiver

16
170 52
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
242 83
Tshimanga Biakabutuka is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Tshimanga Biakabutuka Running back

18
255 101
Mike Hart is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Mike Hart Running back

19
199 61
Anthony Thomas is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Anthony Thomas Running back

20
207 77
Amani Toomer is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Amani Toomer Wide receiver

21
178 67
Brandon Graham is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Brandon Graham Defensive end

22
229 103
Brian Griese is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Brian Griese Quarterback

23
222 88
Mario Manningham is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Mario Manningham Wide receiver

24
172 48
Jourdan Lewis is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
calhouse added Jourdan Lewis

25
159 59
Rick Leach is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time

26
192 110
Chad Henne is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Chad Henne Quarterback

27
138 65
Bennie Oosterbaan is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Bennie Oosterbaan Wide receiver

28
117 62
David Terrell is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
David Terrell Safety

29
138 57
Chris Perry is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Chris Perry Running back

30
161 74
Gerald Ford is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Gerald Ford Linebacker, Center

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131 70
Ron Kramer is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Ron Kramer End, Tight end

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100 51
Jason Avant is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
slaft added Jason Avant Wide receiver

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83 47
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
111 59
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
96 51
Chris Hutchinson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Chris Hutchinson Defensive tackle

36
112 68
Elvis Grbac is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Elvis Grbac Quarterback

37
94 69
Jeremy Gallon is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
ZachMusclesGlassesFannock added Jeremy Gallon Wide receiver

38
84 47
John Elliott is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
John Elliott Defensive tackle, Tackle

39
82 64
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
78 51
Marquise Walker is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Marquise Walker Punt returner, Wide receiver

41
78 51
Jarrett Irons is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Jarrett Irons Linebacker

42
75 59
Benny Friedman is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Benny Friedman Quarterback

43
61 59
Erick Anderson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Erick Anderson Linebacker

44
67 54
David Baas is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
David Baas Guard, Center

45
69 59
Mark Messner is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Mark Messner Linebacker

46
55 59
Tom Curtis is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Tom Curtis Safety

47
58 64
Shawn Crable is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Shawn Crable Linebacker

48
72 81
John Navarre is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
John Navarre Quarterback

49
63 56
Ron Johnson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Ron Johnson Cornerback

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26 30
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