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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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
625 200
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
835 329
Tom Brady is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Tom Brady Quarterback

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425 158
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
417 138
Jake Long is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Jake Long Tackle

6
357 114
Anthony Carter is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Anthony Carter Wide receiver

7
313 104
Tyrone Wheatley is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Tyrone Wheatley Running back

8
321 116
Braylon Edwards is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Braylon Edwards Wide receiver

9
372 100
Jabrill Peppers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
swag added Jabrill Peppers

10
410 140
Jim Harbaugh is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Jim Harbaugh Quarterback

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339 103
Tom Harmon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time

12
239 90
Dan Dierdorf is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Dan Dierdorf Tackle, Offensive Lineman

13
270 92
LaMarr Woodley is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
LaMarr Woodley Outside Linebacker

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237 68
Steve Hutchinson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time

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326 137
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

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146 41
Leon Hall is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
kelly-jameston added Leon Hall Cornerback

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202 88
Brian Griese is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Brian Griese Quarterback

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205 75
Tshimanga Biakabutuka is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Tshimanga Biakabutuka Running back

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213 90
Mike Hart is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Mike Hart Running back

20
170 55
Anthony Thomas is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Anthony Thomas Running back

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175 69
Amani Toomer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Amani Toomer Wide receiver

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

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133 38
Jourdan Lewis is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
calhouse added Jourdan Lewis

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138 63
Brandon Graham is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Brandon Graham Defensive end

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165 98
Chad Henne is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Chad Henne Quarterback

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137 53
Rick Leach is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time

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120 59
Bennie Oosterbaan is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Bennie Oosterbaan Wide receiver

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118 61
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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137 61
Gerald Ford is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Gerald Ford Linebacker, Center

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100 55
David Terrell is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
David Terrell Safety

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82 39
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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118 49
Chris Perry is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Chris Perry Running back

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71 37
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

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95 52
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

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77 41
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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80 44
Chris Hutchinson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Chris Hutchinson Defensive tackle

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79 58
Jeremy Gallon is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
ZachMusclesGlassesFannock added Jeremy Gallon Wide receiver

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96 61
Elvis Grbac is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Elvis Grbac Quarterback

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75 59
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

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69 47
Jarrett Irons is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Jarrett Irons Linebacker

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65 47
Marquise Walker is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Marquise Walker Punt returner, Wide receiver

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70 53
Benny Friedman is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Benny Friedman Quarterback

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

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58 48
David Baas is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
David Baas Guard, Center

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58 49
Ron Johnson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Ron Johnson Cornerback

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50 54
Tom Curtis is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Tom Curtis Safety

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49 54
Erick Anderson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Erick Anderson Linebacker

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60 53
Mark Messner is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Mark Messner Linebacker

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50 58
Jordan Kovacs is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Jordan Kovacs Defensive back

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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