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
1,326 180
Charles Woodson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Cornerback, Return specialist, Safety

2
927 288
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
646 244
Ty Law is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back

4
1,257 488
Tom Brady is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

5
585 186
Jake Long is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Tackle

6
505 160
Anthony Carter is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

7
616 175
Jabrill Peppers is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
swag added Jabrill Peppers Safety

8
470 167
Braylon Edwards is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

9
596 189
Jim Harbaugh is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

10
429 152
Tyrone Wheatley is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Running back

11
419 122
LaMarr Woodley is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Outside Linebacker

12
347 124
Dan Dierdorf is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
ttaylor07112009 added Tackle, Offensive Lineman

13
459 128
Tom Harmon is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Halfback

14
328 89
Steve Hutchinson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time

15
476 208
Denard Robinson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Running back, Quarterback, Wide receiver

16
261 79
Brandon Graham is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Defensive end

17
335 115
Mike Hart is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Running back

18
306 97
Tshimanga Biakabutuka is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Running back

19
213 64
Leon Hall is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
kelly-jameston added Cornerback

20
264 91
Amani Toomer is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

21
245 72
Anthony Thomas is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Running back

22
286 119
Brian Griese is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

23
273 103
Mario Manningham is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

24
217 63
Jourdan Lewis is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
calhouse added Jourdan Lewis Cornerback

25
247 131
Chad Henne is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

26
195 70
Rick Leach is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

27
152 71
David Terrell is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Safety

28
201 85
Gerald Ford is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Linebacker, Center

29
159 74
Bennie Oosterbaan is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

30
174 70
Chris Perry is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Running back

31
153 77
Ron Kramer is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
End, Tight end

32
122 63
Jason Avant is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
slaft added Wide receiver

33
101 55
Marlin Jackson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
kelly-jameston added Cornerback, Safety

34
135 69
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
143 78
Elvis Grbac is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

36
115 59
Chris Hutchinson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Defensive tackle

37
104 54
John Elliott is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Defensive tackle, Tackle

38
101 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
98 56
Jarrett Irons is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

40
112 84
Jeremy Gallon is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
ZachMusclesGlassesFannock added Wide receiver

41
99 58
Marquise Walker is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Punt returner, Wide receiver

42
74 64
Erick Anderson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

43
84 60
David Baas is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Guard, Center

44
88 64
Mark Messner is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

45
82 60
Ron Johnson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Cornerback

46
85 65
Benny Friedman is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

47
82 82
Jordan Kovacs is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Defensive back

48
77 75
Shawn Crable is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

49
93 94
John Navarre is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

50
66 66
Tom Curtis is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Safety