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.
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1
290 85
Andrew Luck is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

2
284 83
John Elway is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

3
300 91
Christian McCaffrey is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Christian McCaffrey

4
184 57
Jim Plunkett is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

5
112 24
Zach Ertz is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Rusty Shackelford added Tight end

6
176 65
Richard Sherman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
EdWildeman added Cornerback, Wide receiver

7
143 61
Doug Baldwin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
bigulcards added Wide receiver

8
138 63
Toby Gerhart is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Running back

9
103 44
David DeCastro is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time

10
100 48
James Lofton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

11
59 32
John Brodie is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

12
40 16
Darrin Nelson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Garry Hallee added Running back

13
59 33
Ernie Nevers is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Running back, Fullback

14
39 17
Jeff Siemon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

15
51 28
Gene Washington is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

16
41 21
Bob Whitfield is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Tackle

17
43 26
Troy Walters is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Return specialist, Wide receiver

18
62 51
Kevin Hogan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Kevin Hogan

19
43 33
Tommy Vardell is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Fullback

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

21
30 21
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 35
Stepfan Taylor is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time

23
23 16
Chuck Taylor is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Guard

24
9 3
John Lynch is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
buckjackson added

25
9 4
bryce love is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
buckjackson added bryce love