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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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567 66
Charles Woodson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Charles Woodson Cornerback, Return specialist, Safety

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2
402 103
Desmond Howard is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Desmond Howard Return specialist, Punt returner, Kickoff returner

3
494 193
Tom Brady is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Tom Brady Quarterback

4
265 82
Jake Long is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Jake Long Tackle

5
269 103
Ty Law is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Ty Law Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back

6
206 66
Braylon Edwards is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Braylon Edwards Wide receiver

7
233 75
Anthony Carter is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Anthony Carter Wide receiver

8
266 81
Jim Harbaugh is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Jim Harbaugh Quarterback

9
208 74
Tyrone Wheatley is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Tyrone Wheatley Running back

10
156 27
Jabrill Peppers is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
swag added Jabrill Peppers

11
244 75
Tom Harmon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time

12
176 57
LaMarr Woodley is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
LaMarr Woodley Outside Linebacker

13
219 89
Denard Robinson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Denard Robinson Running back, Quarterback, Wide receiver

14
154 44
Steve Hutchinson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time

15
152 67
Dan Dierdorf is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Dan Dierdorf Tackle, Offensive Lineman

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16
152 57
Mike Hart is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Mike Hart Running back

17
138 47
Tshimanga Biakabutuka is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Tshimanga Biakabutuka Running back

18
81 20
Leon Hall is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
kelly-jameston added Leon Hall Cornerback

19
110 37
Anthony Thomas is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Anthony Thomas Running back

20
130 63
Brian Griese is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Brian Griese Quarterback

21
122 52
Mario Manningham is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Mario Manningham Wide receiver

22
110 48
Amani Toomer is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Amani Toomer Wide receiver

23
65 13
Jourdan Lewis is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
calhouse added Jourdan Lewis

24
94 31
Rick Leach is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time

25
89 38
Bennie Oosterbaan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Bennie Oosterbaan Wide receiver

26
110 65
Chad Henne is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Chad Henne Quarterback

27
80 48
Brandon Graham is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Brandon Graham Defensive end

28
83 43
Ron Kramer is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Ron Kramer End, Tight end

29
49 21
Jason Avant is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
slaft added Jason Avant Wide receiver

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80 33
Chris Perry is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Chris Perry Running back

31
92 44
Gerald Ford is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Gerald Ford Linebacker, Center

32
65 41
David Terrell is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
David Terrell Safety

33
41 20
Marlin Jackson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
kelly-jameston added Marlin Jackson Cornerback, Safety

34
64 34
Butch Woolfolk is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Butch Woolfolk Running back, Return specialist, Kickoff returner

35
54 27
John Elliott is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
John Elliott Defensive tackle, Tackle

36
52 30
Chris Hutchinson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Chris Hutchinson Defensive tackle

37
63 40
Elvis Grbac is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Elvis Grbac Quarterback

38
53 43
Mercury Hayes is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Mercury Hayes Return specialist, Punt returner, Kickoff returner

39
50 40
Jeremy Gallon is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
ZachMusclesGlassesFannock added Jeremy Gallon Wide receiver

40
51 32
Benny Friedman is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Benny Friedman Quarterback

41
41 43
John Navarre is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
John Navarre Quarterback

42
41 34
Jarrett Irons is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Jarrett Irons Linebacker

43
42 36
Marquise Walker is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Marquise Walker Punt returner, Wide receiver

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44
41 35
Ron Johnson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Ron Johnson Cornerback

45
9 9
Terry Barr is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Cameron John added Terry Barr Wide receiver

46
42 36
Mark Messner is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Mark Messner Linebacker

47
34 39
Erick Anderson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Erick Anderson Linebacker

48
33 41
Shawn Crable is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Shawn Crable Linebacker

49
33 41
Tom Curtis is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Tom Curtis Safety

50
36 35
David Baas is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
David Baas Guard, Center