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The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time 

Ranker College Football
Updated August 15, 2019 5.9k votes 1k voters 15.7k views 49 items

List Rules Upvote the Stanford Cardinal athletes below who were the best in the school's history. Vote based on each player's Stanford career only.

The Stanford Cardinal are the Pac-12 Conference's resident smarty-pants. Though the school is known for its academics (and is the top-ranked academic school in the entire FBS program), they've maintained high standards of excellence on the football field as well. Playing their first season in 1891, the Cardinal have won 14 conference titles since in its history, had one Heisman Trophy winner (Jim Plunkett in 1970), and taken home 2 national titles as well, in 1926 and 1940.

The following is a list of the best of the best players the Cardinal have ever offered up. What do you think? Who is the best player in Stanford football history? Cast your votes below to help determine the ranking.
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Christian McCaffrey is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Christian McCaffrey
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John Elway is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Quarterback from Port Angeles, Washington, United States of America

Age: 58

Teams: Stanford Cardinal football, Denver Broncos

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#1,418 of 2,181 The Best Athletes Of All Time #6 of 257 The Best Quarterbacks Of All Timelisted on Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative

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Andrew Luck is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Quarterback from Washington, D.C.

Age: 26

Teams: Indianapolis Colts

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#27 of 257 The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time #13 of 119 The Greatest College Football Quarterbacks of All Time #215 of 343 The Most Obnoxious Athletes

4
Richard Sherman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
EdWildeman added Cornerback and Wide receiver from Compton, California

Age: 27

Teams: Seattle Seahawks

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#78 of 543 The Greatest Defenders in NFL History #31 of 343 The Most Obnoxious Athletes #121 of 1,537 The Best Football Players Ever

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Jim Plunkett is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time

Age: 71

Teams: Stanford Cardinal football, Oakland Raiders, New England Patriots, San Francisco 49ers

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#30 of 257 The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time #1,678 of 2,181 The Best Athletes Of All Time #16 of 325 People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame

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Zach Ertz is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Rusty Shackelford added Zach Ertz Tight end from Orange, California

Age: 25

Teams: Philadelphia Eagles

7
Doug Baldwin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
bigulcards added Wide receiver from Gulf Breeze, Florida

Age: 27

Teams: Seattle Seahawks

8
Toby Gerhart is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Running back from Norco, California

Age: 28

Teams: Stanford Cardinal football, Minnesota Vikings

9
David DeCastro is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Guard from Bellevue, Washington

Age: 25

Teams: Pittsburgh Steelers

10
James Lofton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
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John Brodie is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Quarterback from Menlo Park, California, United States of America

Age: 80

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#87 of 257 The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time #96 of 325 People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame #726 of 1,537 The Best Football Players Ever

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John Lynch is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
buckjackson added John Lynch

Age: 44

Teams: Stanford Cardinal football, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Denver Broncos

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#47 of 543 The Greatest Defenders in NFL History #134 of 1,537 The Best Football Players Ever #20 of 106 The Best Denver Broncos of All Time

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Gene Washington is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Gene Washington Wide receiver from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, United States of America

Age: 68

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#205 of 248 The Best Wide Receivers of All Time #875 of 1,537 The Best Football Players Ever #20 of 38 The Best NFL Wide Receivers of the '70s

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Ernie Nevers is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Running back and Fullback from Willow River, Minnesota

Age: Died at 74 (1902-1976)

15
Darrin Nelson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Garry Hallee added Running back from Sacramento, California

Age: 60

16
Jeff Siemon is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Linebacker from Rochester, Minnesota

Age: 65

17
Bob Whitfield is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Tackle from Carson, California

Age: 44

Teams: Stanford Cardinal football, New York Brickley Giants, Atlanta Falcons, Jacksonville Jaguars

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Kevin Hogan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Kevin Hogan
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bryce love is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
buckjackson added bryce love
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Troy Walters is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Return specialist and Wide receiver from Bloomington, Indiana

Age: 42

21
Frankie Albert is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Quarterback from Chicago, Illinois

Age: Died at 82 (1920-2002)

22
Tommy Vardell is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Fullback from El Cajon, California

Age: 46

23
Chuck Taylor is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Guard from Portland, Oregon

Age: Dec. at 74 (1920-1994)

24
Glyn Milburn is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Running back and Return specialist from Los Angeles, California

Age: 44

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Stepfan Taylor is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time