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. 
 

1
1,047 140
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
724 234
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
971 382
Tom Brady is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Tom Brady Quarterback

4
502 189
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
481 152
Jake Long is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Jake Long Tackle

6
409 133
Anthony Carter is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Anthony Carter Wide receiver

7
361 123
Tyrone Wheatley is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Tyrone Wheatley Running back

8
383 139
Braylon Edwards is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Braylon Edwards Wide receiver

9
456 138
Jabrill Peppers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
swag added Jabrill Peppers

10
327 100
LaMarr Woodley is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
LaMarr Woodley Outside Linebacker

11
472 162
Jim Harbaugh is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Jim Harbaugh Quarterback

12
386 115
Tom Harmon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time

13
272 107
Dan Dierdorf is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Dan Dierdorf Tackle, Offensive Lineman

14
267 75
Steve Hutchinson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time

15
380 164
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
171 52
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
256 101
Mike Hart is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Mike Hart Running back

18
243 84
Tshimanga Biakabutuka is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Tshimanga Biakabutuka Running back

19
199 62
Anthony Thomas is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Anthony Thomas Running back

20
208 77
Amani Toomer is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Amani Toomer Wide receiver

21
179 67
Brandon Graham is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Brandon Graham Defensive end

22
223 88
Mario Manningham is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Mario Manningham Wide receiver

23
229 104
Brian Griese is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Brian Griese Quarterback

24
173 48
Jourdan Lewis is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
calhouse added Jourdan Lewis

25
193 111
Chad Henne is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Chad Henne Quarterback

26
159 60
Rick Leach is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time

27
138 66
Bennie Oosterbaan is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Bennie Oosterbaan Wide receiver

28
117 63
David Terrell is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
David Terrell Safety

29
161 75
Gerald Ford is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Gerald Ford Linebacker, Center

30
138 58
Chris Perry is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Chris Perry Running back

31
101 51
Jason Avant is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
slaft added Jason Avant Wide receiver

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131 71
Ron Kramer is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Ron Kramer End, Tight end

33
83 48
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
111 60
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
96 52
Chris Hutchinson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Chris Hutchinson Defensive tackle

36
112 69
Elvis Grbac is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Elvis Grbac Quarterback

37
94 70
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
84 48
John Elliott is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
John Elliott Defensive tackle, Tackle

39
82 65
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
78 51
Jarrett Irons is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Jarrett Irons Linebacker

41
78 52
Marquise Walker is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Marquise Walker Punt returner, Wide receiver

42
61 59
Erick Anderson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Erick Anderson Linebacker

43
75 59
Benny Friedman is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Benny Friedman Quarterback

44
67 54
David Baas is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
David Baas Guard, Center

45
69 59
Mark Messner is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Mark Messner Linebacker

46
55 59
Tom Curtis is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Tom Curtis Safety

47
73 81
John Navarre is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
John Navarre Quarterback

48
58 64
Shawn Crable is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Shawn Crable Linebacker

49
63 56
Ron Johnson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Ron Johnson Cornerback

50
26 30
Terry Barr is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Cameron John added Terry Barr Wide receiver