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
234 71
John Elway is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

2
238 76
Christian McCaffrey is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Christian McCaffrey

3
234 75
Andrew Luck is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

4
160 44
Jim Plunkett is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

5
138 57
Richard Sherman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
EdWildeman added Cornerback, Wide receiver

6
71 21
Zach Ertz is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Rusty Shackelford added Tight end

7
116 54
Toby Gerhart is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Running back

8
87 36
David DeCastro is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time

9
88 41
James Lofton is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

10
107 55
Doug Baldwin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
bigulcards added Wide receiver

11
35 9
Darrin Nelson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Garry Hallee added Running back

12
50 27
Ernie Nevers is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Running back, Fullback

13
49 28
John Brodie is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

14
35 17
Bob Whitfield is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Tackle

15
30 13
Jeff Siemon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

16
42 26
Gene Washington is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

17
36 23
Troy Walters is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Return specialist, Wide receiver

18
28 16
Glyn Milburn is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Running back, Return specialist, Punt returner

19
56 44
Kevin Hogan is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Kevin Hogan

20
25 15
Frankie Albert is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

21
39 31
Stepfan Taylor is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time

22
36 28
Tommy Vardell is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Fullback

23
18 12
Chuck Taylor is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Guard

24
19 16
Bob Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Tackle

25
29 28
Owen Marecic is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Fullback

26
14 15
Bobby Grayson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Fullback

27
12 13
Ken Margerum is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
MatthewWhite added Ken Margerum Wide receiver

28
13 15
Dick Norman is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Dick Norman Quarterback

29
12 14
Brian Holloway is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time

30
18 23
Kwame Harris is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Tackle

31
9 12
Hugh Gallarneau is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Running back, Halfback

32
3 6
Gordy Ceresino is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Ken Kihlstrom added Gordy Ceresino Linebacker

33
13 22
Guy Benjamin is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

34
8 16
Darrien Gordon is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Cornerback, Return specialist, Punt returner

35
10 19
Toi Cook is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Defensive back

36
17 30
Trent Edwards is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

37
21 36
Jonathan Martin is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time

38
8 23
Greg Camarillo is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

39
5 26
Greg Comella is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Running back, Fullback