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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873 120
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
611 187
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
812 312
Tom Brady is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Tom Brady Quarterback

4
409 152
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
401 131
Jake Long is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Jake Long Tackle

6
340 108
Anthony Carter is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Anthony Carter Wide receiver

7
300 99
Tyrone Wheatley is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Tyrone Wheatley Running back

8
312 107
Braylon Edwards is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Braylon Edwards Wide receiver

9
359 93
Jabrill Peppers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
swag added Jabrill Peppers

10
399 132
Jim Harbaugh is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Jim Harbaugh Quarterback

11
326 99
Tom Harmon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time

12
230 84
Dan Dierdorf is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Dan Dierdorf Tackle, Offensive Lineman

13
260 87
LaMarr Woodley is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
LaMarr Woodley Outside Linebacker

14
227 63
Steve Hutchinson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time

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15
316 132
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
137 37
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
195 80
Brian Griese is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Brian Griese Quarterback

18
196 70
Tshimanga Biakabutuka is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Tshimanga Biakabutuka Running back

19
204 85
Mike Hart is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Mike Hart Running back

20
164 65
Amani Toomer is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Amani Toomer Wide receiver

21
156 52
Anthony Thomas is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Anthony Thomas Running back

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22
180 80
Mario Manningham is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Mario Manningham Wide receiver

23
125 35
Jourdan Lewis is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
calhouse added Jourdan Lewis

24
133 59
Brandon Graham is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Brandon Graham Defensive end

25
159 95
Chad Henne is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Chad Henne Quarterback

26
131 50
Rick Leach is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time

27
117 56
Bennie Oosterbaan is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Bennie Oosterbaan Wide receiver

28
113 58
Ron Kramer is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Ron Kramer End, Tight end

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29
98 54
David Terrell is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
David Terrell Safety

30
133 60
Gerald Ford is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Gerald Ford Linebacker, Center

31
115 48
Chris Perry is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Chris Perry Running back

32
78 38
Jason Avant is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
slaft added Jason Avant Wide receiver

33
70 35
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
91 50
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
74 38
John Elliott is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
John Elliott Defensive tackle, Tackle

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36
77 41
Chris Hutchinson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Chris Hutchinson Defensive tackle

37
76 56
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
92 59
Elvis Grbac is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Elvis Grbac Quarterback

39
73 58
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
68 45
Jarrett Irons is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Jarrett Irons Linebacker

41
68 50
Benny Friedman is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Benny Friedman Quarterback

42
63 45
Marquise Walker is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Marquise Walker Punt returner, Wide receiver

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61 63
John Navarre is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
John Navarre Quarterback

44
57 47
Ron Johnson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Ron Johnson Cornerback

45
59 50
Mark Messner is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Mark Messner Linebacker

46
56 47
David Baas is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
David Baas Guard, Center

47
49 53
Tom Curtis is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Tom Curtis Safety

48
48 53
Erick Anderson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Erick Anderson Linebacker

49
49 57
Shawn Crable is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Shawn Crable Linebacker

50
48 58
Jordan Kovacs is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Jordan Kovacs Defensive back