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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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601 73
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
430 111
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
533 206
Tom Brady is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Tom Brady Quarterback

4
285 88
Jake Long is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Jake Long Tackle

5
282 112
Ty Law is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Ty Law Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back

6
247 80
Anthony Carter is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Anthony Carter Wide receiver

7
185 30
Jabrill Peppers is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
swag added Jabrill Peppers

8
219 73
Braylon Edwards is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Braylon Edwards Wide receiver

9
283 85
Jim Harbaugh is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Jim Harbaugh Quarterback

10
219 79
Tyrone Wheatley is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Tyrone Wheatley Running back

11
255 80
Tom Harmon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time

12
184 62
LaMarr Woodley is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
LaMarr Woodley Outside Linebacker

13
234 92
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
164 47
Steve Hutchinson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time

15
154 73
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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89 21
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
156 60
Mike Hart is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Mike Hart Running back

18
144 51
Tshimanga Biakabutuka is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Tshimanga Biakabutuka Running back

19
140 63
Brian Griese is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Brian Griese Quarterback

20
131 53
Mario Manningham is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Mario Manningham Wide receiver

21
116 39
Anthony Thomas is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Anthony Thomas Running back

22
118 48
Amani Toomer is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Amani Toomer Wide receiver

23
75 14
Jourdan Lewis is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
calhouse added Jourdan Lewis

24
120 66
Chad Henne is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Chad Henne Quarterback

25
101 34
Rick Leach is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time

26
86 50
Brandon Graham is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Brandon Graham Defensive end

27
91 43
Bennie Oosterbaan is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Bennie Oosterbaan Wide receiver

28
56 21
Jason Avant is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
slaft added Jason Avant Wide receiver

29
87 35
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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84 48
Ron Kramer is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Ron Kramer End, Tight end

31
71 43
David Terrell is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
David Terrell Safety

32
96 48
Gerald Ford is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Gerald Ford Linebacker, Center

33
47 21
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
67 39
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
57 31
John Elliott is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
John Elliott Defensive tackle, Tackle

36
68 42
Elvis Grbac is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Elvis Grbac Quarterback

37
56 32
Chris Hutchinson is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Chris Hutchinson Defensive tackle

38
55 47
Mercury Hayes is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Mercury Hayes Return specialist, Punt returner, Kickoff returner

39
53 44
Jeremy Gallon is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
ZachMusclesGlassesFannock added Jeremy Gallon Wide receiver

40
54 38
Benny Friedman is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Benny Friedman Quarterback

41
48 46
John Navarre is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
John Navarre Quarterback

42
47 37
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
46 36
Jarrett Irons is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Jarrett Irons Linebacker

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45 39
Mark Messner is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Mark Messner Linebacker

45
43 38
Ron Johnson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Ron Johnson Cornerback

46
40 36
David Baas is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
David Baas Guard, Center

47
36 43
Shawn Crable is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Shawn Crable Linebacker

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10 13
Terry Barr is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Cameron John added Terry Barr Wide receiver

49
34 43
Erick Anderson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Erick Anderson Linebacker

50
33 44
Jordan Kovacs is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Jordan Kovacs Defensive back