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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1
1,377 200
Charles Woodson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Cornerback, Return specialist, Safety

2
961 318
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
1,332 515
Tom Brady is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

4
676 261
Ty Law is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back

5
609 198
Jake Long is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Tackle

6
524 172
Anthony Carter is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

7
492 180
Braylon Edwards is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

8
447 161
Tyrone Wheatley is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Running back

9
641 193
Jabrill Peppers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
swag added Jabrill Peppers Safety

10
363 133
Dan Dierdorf is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
ttaylor07112009 added Tackle, Offensive Lineman

11
434 132
LaMarr Woodley is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Outside Linebacker

12
615 203
Jim Harbaugh is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

13
475 133
Tom Harmon is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Halfback

14
343 95
Steve Hutchinson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time

15
496 218
Denard Robinson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Running back, Quarterback, Wide receiver

16
277 85
Brandon Graham is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Defensive end

17
352 120
Mike Hart is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Running back

18
226 70
Leon Hall is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
kelly-jameston added Cornerback

19
316 105
Tshimanga Biakabutuka is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Running back

20
276 96
Amani Toomer is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

21
258 77
Anthony Thomas is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Running back

22
282 108
Mario Manningham is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

23
231 69
Jourdan Lewis is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
calhouse added Jourdan Lewis Cornerback

24
292 129
Brian Griese is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

25
257 140
Chad Henne is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time
Quarterback