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. 
 
list ordered by

1
1,256 163
Charles Woodson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Cornerback, Return specialist, Safety

2
870 274
Desmond Howard is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Return specialist, Punt returner, Kickoff returner

3
613 229
Ty Law is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back

4
1,182 457
Tom Brady is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

5
555 180
Jake Long is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Tackle

6
481 153
Anthony Carter is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

7
448 158
Braylon Edwards is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

8
413 143
Tyrone Wheatley is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Running back

9
399 115
LaMarr Woodley is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Outside Linebacker

10
564 164
Jabrill Peppers is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
swag added Jabrill Peppers Safety

11
562 183
Jim Harbaugh is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

12
328 120
Dan Dierdorf is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
ttaylor07112009 added Tackle, Offensive Lineman

13
441 126
Tom Harmon is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Halfback

14
313 87
Steve Hutchinson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time

15
451 200
Denard Robinson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Running back, Quarterback, Wide receiver

16
241 77
Brandon Graham is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Defensive end

17
317 113
Mike Hart is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Running back

18
295 96
Tshimanga Biakabutuka is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Running back

19
203 63
Leon Hall is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
kelly-jameston added Cornerback

20
254 87
Amani Toomer is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

21
234 71
Anthony Thomas is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Running back

22
275 116
Brian Griese is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

23
264 100
Mario Manningham is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

24
208 62
Jourdan Lewis is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
calhouse added Jourdan Lewis Cornerback

25
234 126
Chad Henne is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

26
187 68
Rick Leach is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

27
144 69
David Terrell is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Safety

28
155 72
Bennie Oosterbaan is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

29
192 82
Gerald Ford is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Linebacker, Center

30
167 68
Chris Perry is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Running back

31
149 76
Ron Kramer is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
End, Tight end

32
117 61
Jason Avant is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
slaft added Wide receiver

33
98 54
Marlin Jackson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
kelly-jameston added Cornerback, Safety

34
131 67
Butch Woolfolk is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Running back, Return specialist, Kickoff returner

35
110 58
Chris Hutchinson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Defensive tackle

36
134 78
Elvis Grbac is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

37
102 53
John Elliott is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Defensive tackle, Tackle

38
97 71
Mercury Hayes is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Return specialist, Punt returner, Kickoff returner

39
95 55
Jarrett Irons is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

40
96 57
Marquise Walker is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Punt returner, Wide receiver

41
108 83
Jeremy Gallon is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
ZachMusclesGlassesFannock added Wide receiver

42
73 63
Erick Anderson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

43
83 59
David Baas is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Guard, Center

44
87 63
Mark Messner is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

45
84 64
Benny Friedman is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

46
79 60
Ron Johnson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Cornerback

47
92 91
John Navarre is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

48
75 74
Shawn Crable is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

49
65 65
Tom Curtis is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Safety

50
76 81
Jordan Kovacs is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Defensive back