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
1,185 157
Charles Woodson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Cornerback, Return specialist, Safety

2
820 261
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
1,116 433
Tom Brady is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

4
575 218
Ty Law is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back

5
536 170
Jake Long is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Tackle

6
458 145
Anthony Carter is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

7
398 135
Tyrone Wheatley is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Running back

8
427 154
Braylon Edwards is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

9
377 109
LaMarr Woodley is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Outside Linebacker

10
535 155
Jabrill Peppers is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
swag added Jabrill Peppers Safety

11
533 174
Jim Harbaugh is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

12
311 114
Dan Dierdorf is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Tackle, Offensive Lineman

13
420 123
Tom Harmon is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Halfback

14
291 83
Steve Hutchinson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time

15
429 192
Denard Robinson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Running back, Quarterback, Wide receiver

16
218 71
Brandon Graham is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Defensive end

17
297 109
Mike Hart is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Running back

18
240 82
Amani Toomer is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

19
190 60
Leon Hall is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
kelly-jameston added Cornerback

20
272 92
Tshimanga Biakabutuka is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Running back

21
222 66
Anthony Thomas is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Running back

22
252 95
Mario Manningham is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

23
256 112
Brian Griese is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

24
194 56
Jourdan Lewis is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
calhouse added Jourdan Lewis Cornerback

25
220 121
Chad Henne is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

26
178 65
Rick Leach is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

27
134 66
David Terrell is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Safety

28
148 70
Bennie Oosterbaan is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

29
179 79
Gerald Ford is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Linebacker, Center

30
145 73
Ron Kramer is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
End, Tight end

31
154 63
Chris Perry is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Running back

32
109 55
Jason Avant is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
slaft added Wide receiver

33
92 51
Marlin Jackson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
kelly-jameston added Cornerback, Safety

34
125 64
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
104 55
Chris Hutchinson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Defensive tackle

36
123 75
Elvis Grbac is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

37
94 51
John Elliott is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Defensive tackle, Tackle

38
103 78
Jeremy Gallon is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
ZachMusclesGlassesFannock added Wide receiver

39
90 69
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
87 55
Marquise Walker is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Punt returner, Wide receiver

41
83 54
Jarrett Irons is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

42
67 62
Erick Anderson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

43
75 58
David Baas is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Guard, Center

44
79 63
Benny Friedman is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

45
78 62
Mark Messner is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

46
84 87
John Navarre is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

47
68 70
Shawn Crable is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

48
72 59
Ron Johnson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Cornerback

49
60 63
Tom Curtis is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Safety

50
67 78
Jordan Kovacs is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Defensive back