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
244 74
John Elway is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

2
248 76
Andrew Luck is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

3
249 80
Christian McCaffrey is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Christian McCaffrey

4
163 50
Jim Plunkett is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

5
146 58
Richard Sherman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
EdWildeman added Cornerback, Wide receiver

6
78 22
Zach Ertz is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Rusty Shackelford added Tight end

7
121 57
Toby Gerhart is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Running back

8
113 57
Doug Baldwin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
bigulcards added Wide receiver

9
92 43
James Lofton is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

10
89 41
David DeCastro is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time

11
37 10
Darrin Nelson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Garry Hallee added Running back

12
53 29
Ernie Nevers is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Running back, Fullback

13
33 13
Jeff Siemon is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

14
50 28
John Brodie is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

15
36 18
Bob Whitfield is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Tackle

16
44 26
Gene Washington is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

17
38 23
Troy Walters is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Return specialist, Wide receiver

18
29 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
26 15
Frankie Albert is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

20
57 46
Kevin Hogan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Kevin Hogan

21
40 32
Stepfan Taylor is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time

22
37 29
Tommy Vardell is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Fullback

23
19 13
Chuck Taylor is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Guard

24
29 28
Owen Marecic is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Fullback

25
19 17
Bob Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Tackle

26
13 14
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
14 16
Bobby Grayson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Fullback

28
13 16
Dick Norman is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Dick Norman Quarterback

29
12 15
Brian Holloway is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time

30
18 24
Kwame Harris is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Tackle

31
9 13
Hugh Gallarneau is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Running back, Halfback

32
3 7
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 23
Guy Benjamin is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

34
8 17
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 20
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 24
Greg Camarillo is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

39
5 27
Greg Comella is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time
Running back, Fullback