Football 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
1,475 216
Charles Woodson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Cornerback, Return specialist, Safety
2
1,029 346
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
1,445 559
Tom Brady is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Quarterback
4
731 282
Ty Law is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back
5
651 212
Jake Long is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Tackle
6
563 183
Anthony Carter is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver
7
522 194
Braylon Edwards is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver
8
463 140
LaMarr Woodley is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Outside Linebacker
9
390 145
Dan Dierdorf is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
ttaylor07112009 added Tackle, Offensive Lineman
10
474 176
Tyrone Wheatley is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Running back
11
697 216
Jabrill Peppers is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
swag added Safety
12
653 219
Jim Harbaugh is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Quarterback
13
504 140
Tom Harmon is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Halfback
14
369 102
Steve Hutchinson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
15
300 94
Brandon Graham is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Defensive end
16
519 236
Denard Robinson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Running back, Quarterback, Wide receiver
17
375 131
Mike Hart is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Running back
18
333 116
Tshimanga Biakabutuka is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Running back
19
292 104
Amani Toomer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver
20
236 81
Leon Hall is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
kelly-jameston added Cornerback
21
272 85
Anthony Thomas is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Running back
22
250 75
Jourdan Lewis is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
calhouse added Jourdan Lewis Cornerback
23
295 114
Mario Manningham is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver
24
304 138
Brian Griese is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Quarterback
25
271 148
Chad Henne is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Quarterback