College Football 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
290 83
John Elway is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

2
306 91
Christian McCaffrey is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Christian McCaffrey

3
294 86
Andrew Luck is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

4
185 59
Jim Plunkett is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

5
114 25
Zach Ertz is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Rusty Shackelford added Tight end

6
180 66
Richard Sherman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
EdWildeman added Cornerback, Wide receiver

7
145 63
Doug Baldwin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
bigulcards added Wide receiver

8
140 64
Toby Gerhart is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Running back

9
104 46
David DeCastro is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time

10
102 49
James Lofton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

11
60 34
Ernie Nevers is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Running back, Fullback

12
60 34
John Brodie is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

13
41 18
Darrin Nelson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Garry Hallee added Running back

14
39 18
Jeff Siemon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

15
51 29
Gene Washington is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

16
41 22
Bob Whitfield is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Tackle

17
43 27
Troy Walters is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Return specialist, Wide receiver

18
62 52
Kevin Hogan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Kevin Hogan

19
43 34
Tommy Vardell is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Fullback

20
30 21
Frankie Albert is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

21
30 22
Glyn Milburn is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Running back, Return specialist, Punt returner

22
43 36
Stepfan Taylor is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time

23
23 17
Chuck Taylor is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Guard

24
10 3
John Lynch is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
buckjackson added

25
10 4
bryce love is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
buckjackson added bryce love