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
1,166 153
Charles Woodson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Cornerback, Return specialist, Safety

2
807 256
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
567 215
Ty Law is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back

4
1,094 426
Tom Brady is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

5
532 167
Jake Long is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Tackle

6
451 143
Anthony Carter is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

7
396 133
Tyrone Wheatley is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Running back

8
422 150
Braylon Edwards is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

9
370 106
LaMarr Woodley is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Outside Linebacker

10
527 151
Jabrill Peppers is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
swag added Jabrill Peppers Safety

11
524 173
Jim Harbaugh is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

12
416 121
Tom Harmon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Halfback

13
304 112
Dan Dierdorf is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Tackle, Offensive Lineman

14
287 81
Steve Hutchinson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time

15
427 187
Denard Robinson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Running back, Quarterback, Wide receiver

16
293 106
Mike Hart is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Running back

17
212 69
Brandon Graham is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Defensive end

18
188 57
Leon Hall is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
kelly-jameston added Cornerback

19
270 90
Tshimanga Biakabutuka is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Running back

20
236 80
Amani Toomer is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

21
221 64
Anthony Thomas is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Running back

22
249 93
Mario Manningham is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

23
255 110
Brian Griese is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

24
192 54
Jourdan Lewis is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
calhouse added Jourdan Lewis Cornerback

25
218 120
Chad Henne is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

26
176 64
Rick Leach is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

27
132 65
David Terrell is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Safety

28
147 69
Bennie Oosterbaan is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

29
178 77
Gerald Ford is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Linebacker, Center

30
144 72
Ron Kramer is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
End, Tight end

31
153 62
Chris Perry is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Running back

32
109 53
Jason Avant is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
slaft added Wide receiver

33
89 50
Marlin Jackson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
kelly-jameston added Cornerback, Safety

34
121 63
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
103 54
Chris Hutchinson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Defensive tackle

36
122 74
Elvis Grbac is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

37
93 50
John Elliott is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Defensive tackle, Tackle

38
103 76
Jeremy Gallon is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
ZachMusclesGlassesFannock added Wide receiver

39
89 67
Mercury Hayes is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Return specialist, Punt returner, Kickoff returner

40
85 54
Marquise Walker is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Punt returner, Wide receiver

41
82 53
Jarrett Irons is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

42
66 61
Erick Anderson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

43
75 56
David Baas is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Guard, Center

44
79 61
Benny Friedman is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

45
77 61
Mark Messner is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

46
84 85
John Navarre is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

47
68 68
Shawn Crable is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

48
72 57
Ron Johnson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Cornerback

49
60 61
Tom Curtis is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Safety

50
67 75
Jordan Kovacs is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Defensive back