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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
John Elway is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Quarterback
2
Christian McCaffrey is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Christian McCaffrey
3
Andrew Luck is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Quarterback
4
Jim Plunkett is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Quarterback
5
Zach Ertz is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Rusty Shackelford added Zach Ertz Tight end
6
Richard Sherman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
EdWildeman added Cornerback, Wide receiver
7
David DeCastro is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
8
James Lofton is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver
9
Toby Gerhart is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Running back
10
Doug Baldwin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
bigulcards added Wide receiver
11
John Lynch is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
buckjackson added
12
John Brodie is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Quarterback
13
Gene Washington is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver
14
Darrin Nelson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Garry Hallee added Running back
15
Jeff Siemon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Linebacker
16
Ernie Nevers is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Running back, Fullback
17
pop Warner is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
ndog added pop Warner
18
Bob Whitfield is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Tackle
19
bryce love is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
buckjackson added bryce love
20
Troy Walters is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Return specialist, Wide receiver
21
Frankie Albert is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Quarterback
22
Chuck Taylor is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Guard
23
Tommy Vardell is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Fullback
24
Glyn Milburn is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Running back, Return specialist, Punt returner
25
Stepfan Taylor is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time