College Sports The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time  

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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.
list ordered by
1
310 90
John Elway is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Quarterback
2
313 96
Andrew Luck is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Quarterback
3
323 104
Christian McCaffrey is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Christian McCaffrey
4
199 67
Jim Plunkett is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Quarterback
5
132 32
Zach Ertz is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Rusty Shackelford added Tight end
6
198 75
Richard Sherman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
EdWildeman added Cornerback, Wide receiver
7
159 66
Doug Baldwin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
bigulcards added Wide receiver
8
111 48
David DeCastro is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
9
144 71
Toby Gerhart is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Running back
10
111 51
James Lofton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver
11
66 36
John Brodie is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Quarterback
12
64 36
Ernie Nevers is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Running back, Fullback
13
57 30
Gene Washington is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver
14
43 19
Jeff Siemon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Linebacker
15
44 20
Darrin Nelson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Garry Hallee added Running back
16
44 24
Bob Whitfield is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Tackle
17
44 31
Troy Walters is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Return specialist, Wide receiver
18
34 22
Frankie Albert is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Quarterback
19
16 4
John Lynch is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
buckjackson added
20
46 37
Tommy Vardell is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Fullback
21
63 56
Kevin Hogan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Kevin Hogan
22
27 18
Chuck Taylor is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Guard
23
31 25
Glyn Milburn is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Running back, Return specialist, Punt returner
24
44 41
Stepfan Taylor is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
25
14 8
bryce love is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
buckjackson added bryce love