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
253 78
John Elway is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

2
260 82
Andrew Luck is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

3
265 87
Christian McCaffrey is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Christian McCaffrey

4
170 51
Jim Plunkett is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

5
153 63
Richard Sherman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
EdWildeman added Cornerback, Wide receiver

6
87 24
Zach Ertz is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Rusty Shackelford added Tight end

7
126 59
Toby Gerhart is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Running back

8
122 59
Doug Baldwin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
bigulcards added Wide receiver

9
92 42
David DeCastro is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time

10
93 45
James Lofton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

11
38 11
Darrin Nelson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Garry Hallee added Running back

12
54 29
John Brodie is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

13
55 31
Ernie Nevers is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Running back, Fullback

14
48 26
Gene Washington is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

15
34 15
Jeff Siemon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

16
38 19
Bob Whitfield is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Tackle

17
39 24
Troy Walters is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Return specialist, Wide receiver

18
29 18
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
41 30
Tommy Vardell is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Fullback

20
59 48
Kevin Hogan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Kevin Hogan

21
28 18
Frankie Albert is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

22
40 33
Stepfan Taylor is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time

23
20 14
Chuck Taylor is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Guard

24
19 18
Bob Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Tackle

25
29 30
Owen Marecic is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Fullback

26
14 15
Ken Margerum is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
MatthewWhite added Ken Margerum Wide receiver

27
2 1
bryce love is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
buckjackson added bryce love

28
15 17
Bobby Grayson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Fullback

29
1 1
Coby Fleener is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
buckjackson added Tight end

30
14 17
Dick Norman is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Dick Norman Quarterback

31
0 0
pop Warner is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
ndog added pop Warner

32
12 16
Brian Holloway is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time

33
0 1
John Lynch is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
buckjackson added

34
0 1
Brad Muster is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
buckjackson added Brad Muster Running back, Fullback

35
0 1
Emile Harry is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
buckjackson added Emile Harry Wide receiver

36
0 1
Roger Stillwell is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
buckjackson added Roger Stillwell

37
0 1
Bruno Banducci is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
buckjackson added Bruno Banducci Guard

38
10 14
Hugh Gallarneau is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Running back, Halfback

39
18 25
Kwame Harris is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Tackle

40
3 8
Gordy Ceresino is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Ken Kihlstrom added Gordy Ceresino Linebacker

41
14 24
Guy Benjamin is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

42
18 30
Trent Edwards is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

43
8 19
Darrien Gordon is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Cornerback, Return specialist, Punt returner

44
21 38
Jonathan Martin is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time

45
10 23
Toi Cook is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Defensive back

46
8 26
Greg Camarillo is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

47
6 29
Greg Comella is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Running back, Fullback