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. 
 

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954 132
Charles Woodson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Charles Woodson Cornerback, Return specialist, Safety

2
665 215
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
460 170
Ty Law is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Ty Law Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back

4
888 351
Tom Brady is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Tom Brady Quarterback

5
445 143
Jake Long is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Jake Long Tackle

6
378 126
Anthony Carter is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Anthony Carter Wide receiver

7
354 127
Braylon Edwards is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Braylon Edwards Wide receiver

8
333 116
Tyrone Wheatley is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Tyrone Wheatley Running back

9
434 148
Jim Harbaugh is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Jim Harbaugh Quarterback

10
398 120
Jabrill Peppers is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
swag added Jabrill Peppers

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360 110
Tom Harmon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time

12
295 97
LaMarr Woodley is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
LaMarr Woodley Outside Linebacker

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257 99
Dan Dierdorf is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Dan Dierdorf Tackle, Offensive Lineman

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252 71
Steve Hutchinson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time

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350 153
Denard Robinson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Denard Robinson Running back, Quarterback, Wide receiver

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158 50
Leon Hall is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
kelly-jameston added Leon Hall Cornerback

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235 96
Mike Hart is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Mike Hart Running back

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224 81
Tshimanga Biakabutuka is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Tshimanga Biakabutuka Running back

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183 60
Anthony Thomas is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Anthony Thomas Running back

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158 43
Jourdan Lewis is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
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212 99
Brian Griese is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Brian Griese Quarterback

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204 85
Mario Manningham is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Mario Manningham Wide receiver

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188 75
Amani Toomer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Amani Toomer Wide receiver

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161 65
Brandon Graham is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Brandon Graham Defensive end

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147 58
Rick Leach is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time

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177 107
Chad Henne is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Chad Henne Quarterback

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127 63
Bennie Oosterbaan is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Bennie Oosterbaan Wide receiver

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90 44
Jason Avant is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
slaft added Jason Avant Wide receiver

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127 53
Chris Perry is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Chris Perry Running back

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148 69
Gerald Ford is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Gerald Ford Linebacker, Center

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106 61
David Terrell is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
David Terrell Safety

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122 67
Ron Kramer is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Ron Kramer End, Tight end

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77 41
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

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87 48
Chris Hutchinson is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Chris Hutchinson Defensive tackle

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99 59
Butch Woolfolk is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Butch Woolfolk Running back, Return specialist, Kickoff returner

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87 63
Jeremy Gallon is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
ZachMusclesGlassesFannock added Jeremy Gallon Wide receiver

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103 65
Elvis Grbac is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Elvis Grbac Quarterback

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79 46
John Elliott is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
John Elliott Defensive tackle, Tackle

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76 63
Mercury Hayes is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Mercury Hayes Return specialist, Punt returner, Kickoff returner

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71 51
Jarrett Irons is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Jarrett Irons Linebacker

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69 51
Marquise Walker is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Marquise Walker Punt returner, Wide receiver

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72 57
Benny Friedman is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Benny Friedman Quarterback

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62 52
David Baas is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
David Baas Guard, Center

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53 58
Erick Anderson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Erick Anderson Linebacker

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66 73
John Navarre is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
John Navarre Quarterback

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64 57
Mark Messner is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Mark Messner Linebacker

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54 61
Shawn Crable is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Shawn Crable Linebacker

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51 58
Tom Curtis is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Tom Curtis Safety

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59 53
Ron Johnson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Ron Johnson Cornerback

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23 29
Terry Barr is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Cameron John added Terry Barr Wide receiver