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
1,263 163
Charles Woodson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Cornerback, Return specialist, Safety

2
877 274
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
1,192 459
Tom Brady is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

4
616 230
Ty Law is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back

5
557 181
Jake Long is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Tackle

6
483 154
Anthony Carter is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

7
449 159
Braylon Edwards is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

8
414 144
Tyrone Wheatley is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Running back

9
568 164
Jabrill Peppers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
swag added Jabrill Peppers Safety

10
400 116
LaMarr Woodley is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Outside Linebacker

11
564 183
Jim Harbaugh is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

12
330 120
Dan Dierdorf is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
ttaylor07112009 added Tackle, Offensive Lineman

13
442 126
Tom Harmon is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Halfback

14
315 87
Steve Hutchinson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time

15
455 200
Denard Robinson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Running back, Quarterback, Wide receiver

16
243 77
Brandon Graham is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Defensive end

17
318 113
Mike Hart is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Running back

18
296 96
Tshimanga Biakabutuka is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Running back

19
204 63
Leon Hall is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
kelly-jameston added Cornerback

20
255 87
Amani Toomer is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

21
235 71
Anthony Thomas is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Running back

22
276 116
Brian Griese is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

23
265 100
Mario Manningham is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

24
209 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
236 127
Chad Henne is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

26
188 68
Rick Leach is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

27
145 69
David Terrell is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Safety

28
156 72
Bennie Oosterbaan is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

29
194 82
Gerald Ford is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Linebacker, Center

30
168 68
Chris Perry is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Running back

31
150 76
Ron Kramer is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
End, Tight end

32
118 61
Jason Avant is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
slaft added Wide receiver

33
99 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
132 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
111 58
Chris Hutchinson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Defensive tackle

36
135 78
Elvis Grbac is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

37
103 53
John Elliott is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Defensive tackle, Tackle

38
98 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
96 55
Jarrett Irons is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

40
97 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 84
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
80 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 82
Jordan Kovacs is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Defensive back