College Sports 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
306 87
John Elway is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Quarterback
2
308 94
Andrew Luck is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Quarterback
3
318 100
Christian McCaffrey is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Christian McCaffrey
4
128 30
Zach Ertz is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Rusty Shackelford added Tight end
5
196 66
Jim Plunkett is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Quarterback
6
196 73
Richard Sherman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
EdWildeman added Cornerback, Wide receiver
7
158 66
Doug Baldwin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
bigulcards added Wide receiver
8
143 70
Toby Gerhart is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Running back
9
110 48
David DeCastro is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
10
110 50
James Lofton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver
11
65 35
John Brodie is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Quarterback
12
64 35
Ernie Nevers is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Running back, Fullback
13
56 30
Gene Washington is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver
14
44 20
Darrin Nelson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Garry Hallee added Running back
15
42 19
Jeff Siemon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Linebacker
16
43 24
Bob Whitfield is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Tackle
17
44 31
Troy Walters is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Return specialist, Wide receiver
18
34 22
Frankie Albert is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Quarterback
19
16 4
John Lynch is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
buckjackson added
20
63 56
Kevin Hogan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Kevin Hogan
21
45 37
Tommy Vardell is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Fullback
22
26 18
Chuck Taylor is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Guard
23
31 25
Glyn Milburn is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Running back, Return specialist, Punt returner
24
44 41
Stepfan Taylor is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
25
13 8
bryce love is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
buckjackson added bryce love