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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
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Desmond Howard is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
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Tom Brady is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
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Ty Law is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
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Jake Long is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
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Anthony Carter is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
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Tom Harmon is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
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Jabrill Peppers is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
swag added Safety
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LaMarr Woodley is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
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Steve Hutchinson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
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Jim Harbaugh is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
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Braylon Edwards is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
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Tyrone Wheatley is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
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Dan Dierdorf is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
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Brandon Graham is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
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Mike Hart is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Running back
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Amani Toomer is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
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Denard Robinson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
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Tshimanga Biakabutuka is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
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Jourdan Lewis is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
calhouse added Jourdan Lewis Cornerback
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Anthony Thomas is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
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Leon Hall is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
kelly-jameston added Leon Hall Cornerback
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Devin Bush Jr. is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
DetroitBoyGaming added Linebacker
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Mario Manningham is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
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Brian Griese is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time