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.

1
220 64
John Elway is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
John Elway Quarterback

2
223 66
Christian McCaffrey is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Christian McCaffrey

3
221 69
Andrew Luck is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Andrew Luck Quarterback

4
149 40
Jim Plunkett is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Jim Plunkett Quarterback

5
129 51
Richard Sherman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
EdWildeman added Richard Sherman Cornerback, Wide receiver

6
108 49
Toby Gerhart is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Toby Gerhart Running back

7
62 18
Zach Ertz is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Rusty Shackelford added Zach Ertz Tight end

8
81 33
David DeCastro is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time

9
84 37
James Lofton is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
James Lofton Wide receiver

10
98 53
Doug Baldwin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
bigulcards added Doug Baldwin Wide receiver

11
32 8
Darrin Nelson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Garry Hallee added Darrin Nelson Running back

12
50 25
Ernie Nevers is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Ernie Nevers Running back, Fullback

13
48 26
John Brodie is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
John Brodie Quarterback

14
30 11
Jeff Siemon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Jeff Siemon Linebacker

15
34 15
Bob Whitfield is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Bob Whitfield Tackle

16
41 24
Gene Washington is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Gene Washington Wide receiver

17
28 13
Glyn Milburn is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Glyn Milburn Running back, Return specialist, Punt returner

18
35 22
Troy Walters is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Troy Walters Return specialist, Wide receiver

19
25 13
Frankie Albert is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Frankie Albert Quarterback

20
52 41
Kevin Hogan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Kevin Hogan

21
34 26
Tommy Vardell is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Tommy Vardell Fullback

22
18 10
Chuck Taylor is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Chuck Taylor Guard

23
34 30
Stepfan Taylor is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time

24
18 14
Bob Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Bob Reynolds Tackle

25
27 27
Owen Marecic is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Owen Marecic Fullback

26
14 13
Bobby Grayson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Bobby Grayson Fullback

27
13 13
Dick Norman is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Dick Norman Quarterback

28
9 10
Hugh Gallarneau is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Hugh Gallarneau Running back, Halfback

29
10 12
Brian Holloway is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time

30
9 12
Ken Margerum is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
MatthewWhite added Ken Margerum Wide receiver

31
2 4
Gordy Ceresino is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Ken Kihlstrom added Gordy Ceresino Linebacker

32
16 22
Kwame Harris is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Kwame Harris Tackle

33
8 14
Darrien Gordon is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Darrien Gordon Cornerback, Return specialist, Punt returner

34
12 20
Guy Benjamin is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Guy Benjamin Quarterback

35
20 32
Jonathan Martin is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time

36
8 17
Toi Cook is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Toi Cook Defensive back

37
15 28
Trent Edwards is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Trent Edwards Quarterback

38
7 21
Greg Camarillo is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Greg Camarillo Wide receiver

39
4 24
Greg Comella is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Greg Comella Running back, Fullback