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
275 81
John Elway is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

2
282 85
Andrew Luck is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

3
289 89
Christian McCaffrey is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Christian McCaffrey

4
180 54
Jim Plunkett is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

5
102 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
167 64
Richard Sherman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
EdWildeman added Cornerback, Wide receiver

7
135 60
Doug Baldwin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
bigulcards added Wide receiver

8
134 62
Toby Gerhart is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Running back

9
99 43
David DeCastro is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time

10
97 48
James Lofton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

11
39 14
Darrin Nelson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Garry Hallee added Running back

12
58 31
John Brodie is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

13
57 33
Ernie Nevers is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Running back, Fullback

14
50 28
Gene Washington is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

15
37 17
Jeff Siemon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

16
40 21
Bob Whitfield is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Tackle

17
42 26
Troy Walters is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Return specialist, Wide receiver

18
61 50
Kevin Hogan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Kevin Hogan

19
43 32
Tommy Vardell is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Fullback

20
30 20
Glyn Milburn is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Running back, Return specialist, Punt returner

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

22
42 35
Stepfan Taylor is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time

23
21 16
Chuck Taylor is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Guard

24
21 20
Bob Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Tackle

25
6 3
John Lynch is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
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