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
296 86
John Elway is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

2
302 89
Andrew Luck is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

3
310 96
Christian McCaffrey is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Christian McCaffrey

4
192 62
Jim Plunkett is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

5
120 28
Zach Ertz is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Rusty Shackelford added Tight end

6
187 70
Richard Sherman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
EdWildeman added Cornerback, Wide receiver

7
151 65
Doug Baldwin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
bigulcards added Wide receiver

8
142 68
Toby Gerhart is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Running back

9
108 47
David DeCastro is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time

10
106 49
James Lofton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

11
63 34
John Brodie is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

12
62 34
Ernie Nevers is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Running back, Fullback

13
43 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
54 29
Gene Washington is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

15
41 18
Jeff Siemon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

16
42 23
Bob Whitfield is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Tackle

17
44 29
Troy Walters is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Return specialist, Wide receiver

18
33 21
Frankie Albert is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

19
14 3
John Lynch is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
buckjackson added

20
63 54
Kevin Hogan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Kevin Hogan

21
44 35
Tommy Vardell is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Fullback

22
31 23
Glyn Milburn is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Running back, Return specialist, Punt returner

23
25 17
Chuck Taylor is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Guard

24
44 39
Stepfan Taylor is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time

25
12 7
bryce love is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
buckjackson added bryce love