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

2
191 55
Andrew Luck is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Andrew Luck Quarterback

3
187 54
Christian McCaffrey is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Christian McCaffrey

4
130 34
Jim Plunkett is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Jim Plunkett Quarterback

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105 45
Richard Sherman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
EdWildeman added Richard Sherman Cornerback, Wide receiver

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76 33
James Lofton is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
James Lofton Wide receiver

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93 46
Toby Gerhart is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Toby Gerhart Running back

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69 29
David DeCastro is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time

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46 14
Zach Ertz is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Rusty Shackelford added Zach Ertz Tight end

10
85 49
Doug Baldwin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
bigulcards added Doug Baldwin Wide receiver

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48 23
Ernie Nevers is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Ernie Nevers Running back, Fullback

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33 13
Bob Whitfield is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Bob Whitfield Tackle

13
27 8
Darrin Nelson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Garry Hallee added Darrin Nelson Running back

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44 24
John Brodie is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
John Brodie Quarterback

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28 12
Glyn Milburn is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Glyn Milburn Running back, Return specialist, Punt returner

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40 23
Gene Washington is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Gene Washington Wide receiver

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26 11
Jeff Siemon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Jeff Siemon Linebacker

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34 21
Troy Walters is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Troy Walters Return specialist, Wide receiver

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46 36
Kevin Hogan is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Kevin Hogan

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32 23
Tommy Vardell is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Tommy Vardell Fullback

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22 13
Frankie Albert is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Frankie Albert Quarterback

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16 10
Chuck Taylor is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Chuck Taylor Guard

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31 28
Stepfan Taylor is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time

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16 14
Bob Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Bob Reynolds Tackle

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23 25
Owen Marecic is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Owen Marecic Fullback

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12 13
Bobby Grayson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Bobby Grayson Fullback

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11 12
Dick Norman is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Dick Norman Quarterback

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10 11
Brian Holloway is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time

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8 10
Ken Margerum is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
MatthewWhite added Ken Margerum Wide receiver

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8 10
Hugh Gallarneau is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Hugh Gallarneau Running back, Halfback

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Gordy Ceresino is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Ken Kihlstrom added Gordy Ceresino Linebacker

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14 19
Kwame Harris is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Kwame Harris Tackle

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12 18
Guy Benjamin is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Guy Benjamin Quarterback

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8 13
Darrien Gordon is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Darrien Gordon Cornerback, Return specialist, Punt returner

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18 28
Jonathan Martin is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time

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6 15
Toi Cook is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Toi Cook Defensive back

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11 26
Trent Edwards is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Trent Edwards Quarterback

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6 19
Greg Camarillo is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Greg Camarillo Wide receiver

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3 22
Greg Comella is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Greg Comella Running back, Fullback