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
1,100 147
Charles Woodson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Cornerback, Return specialist, Safety

2
759 242
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
1,029 401
Tom Brady is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

4
529 199
Ty Law is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back

5
507 156
Jake Long is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Tackle

6
425 139
Anthony Carter is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

7
376 128
Tyrone Wheatley is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Running back

8
403 142
Braylon Edwards is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

9
491 143
Jabrill Peppers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
swag added Jabrill Peppers Safety

10
345 104
LaMarr Woodley is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Outside Linebacker

11
494 167
Jim Harbaugh is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

12
399 119
Tom Harmon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Halfback

13
286 108
Dan Dierdorf is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Tackle, Offensive Lineman

14
273 77
Steve Hutchinson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time

15
398 170
Denard Robinson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Running back, Quarterback, Wide receiver

16
274 102
Mike Hart is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Running back

17
255 85
Tshimanga Biakabutuka is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Running back

18
176 55
Leon Hall is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
kelly-jameston added Cornerback

19
223 79
Amani Toomer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

20
208 63
Anthony Thomas is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Running back

21
190 69
Brandon Graham is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Defensive end

22
235 91
Mario Manningham is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

23
241 107
Brian Griese is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

24
179 51
Jourdan Lewis is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
calhouse added Jourdan Lewis Cornerback

25
206 116
Chad Henne is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

26
165 62
Rick Leach is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

27
142 69
Bennie Oosterbaan is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

28
124 65
David Terrell is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Safety

29
139 72
Ron Kramer is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
End, Tight end

30
145 60
Chris Perry is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Running back

31
167 77
Gerald Ford is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Linebacker, Center

32
105 53
Jason Avant is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
slaft added Wide receiver

33
85 50
Marlin Jackson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
kelly-jameston added Cornerback, Safety

34
115 63
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
98 54
Chris Hutchinson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Defensive tackle

36
118 72
Elvis Grbac is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

37
101 73
Jeremy Gallon is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
ZachMusclesGlassesFannock added Wide receiver

38
86 50
John Elliott is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Defensive tackle, Tackle

39
86 67
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
82 54
Marquise Walker is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Punt returner, Wide receiver

41
80 53
Jarrett Irons is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

42
63 61
Erick Anderson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

43
77 61
Benny Friedman is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

44
70 56
David Baas is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Guard, Center

45
80 83
John Navarre is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

46
73 61
Mark Messner is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

47
67 57
Ron Johnson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Cornerback

48
57 61
Tom Curtis is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Safety

49
62 68
Shawn Crable is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

50
63 73
Jordan Kovacs is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Defensive back