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
1,416 203
Charles Woodson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Cornerback, Return specialist, Safety

2
990 328
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
1,381 532
Tom Brady is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

4
705 270
Ty Law is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back

5
628 205
Jake Long is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Tackle

6
543 177
Anthony Carter is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

7
507 185
Braylon Edwards is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

8
461 167
Tyrone Wheatley is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Running back

9
447 134
LaMarr Woodley is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Outside Linebacker

10
666 201
Jabrill Peppers is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
swag added Jabrill Peppers Safety

11
378 140
Dan Dierdorf is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
ttaylor07112009 added Tackle, Offensive Lineman

12
634 209
Jim Harbaugh is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

13
485 135
Tom Harmon is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Halfback

14
356 97
Steve Hutchinson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time

15
287 88
Brandon Graham is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Defensive end

16
506 225
Denard Robinson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Running back, Quarterback, Wide receiver

17
363 124
Mike Hart is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Running back

18
326 109
Tshimanga Biakabutuka is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Running back

19
231 74
Leon Hall is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
kelly-jameston added Cornerback

20
285 98
Amani Toomer is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

21
267 79
Anthony Thomas is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Running back

22
288 111
Mario Manningham is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

23
239 73
Jourdan Lewis is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
calhouse added Jourdan Lewis Cornerback

24
297 133
Brian Griese is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

25
262 143
Chad Henne is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Quarterback