The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time

6.7k votes 761 voters 21k views 53 items tags f p @

List Criteria: Rank the players based only on their time at Michigan

A list of the best Michigan Wolverines football players of all time. When many people think of college football, the University of Michigan is one of the first schools that they associate with the game. Michigan currently has the most wins in college football history and many of college football's greats have worn the maize and blue. Michigan has won or shared 42 league titles; only Oklahoma and Nebraska have more conference championships in college football. Since the inception of the AP Poll in 1936, Michigan has finished in the top 10 a record 37 times. The Wolverines claim 11 national championships, most recently that of the 1997 squad voted atop the final AP Poll.

With championships comes great players. Some of the best Michigan players ever have led the school to not only titles, but to the Rose Bowl. The New Year's Day game is a Michigan staple and the Wolverines have played in Pasadena 20 times. Some of Michigan's best players cemented their legacy as famous Michigan football players with strong Rose Bowl performances.

Michigan has a rich history of having outstanding players on its rosters. Who wouldn't want to play for the winningest team in college history? That's what attracted Heisman Trophy winners like Desmond Howard and Charles Woodson to the school. Even a former President of the United States played for the Wolverines. Yes, Gerald Ford was a standout footballer before he entered the White House. 

This is a list of the best Michigan Wolverines football players of all time. If you see someone missing from this list, feel free to add him. Vote or rerank this list of the greatest Michigan Wolverines of all time by who you think should be at the top. 
 
Collection Photo: user uploaded image
  • 5 ReRanks
    • Women
    • Men
    • Age
    • Region
  • 2 See list ranked by
Z
G Options B Comments & Embed 2rerank list
  1. 1
    + 407
    - 40

    most listed
    Cornerback, Return specialist, Safety

    ;
  2. 2
    + 294
    - 65


    Return specialist, Punt returner, Kickoff returner

    ;
  3. 3
    + 310
    - 132


    Quarterback

    ;
  4. 4
    + 192
    - 72


    Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back

    ;
  5. 5
    + 157
    - 42


    Wide receiver

    ;
  6. 6
    + 189
    - 60


    Tackle

    ;
  7. 7
    + 163
    - 51


    Running back

    ;
  8. 8
    + 199
    - 54


    Quarterback

    ;
  9. 9
    + 194
    - 57


    ;
  10. 10
    + 179
    - 55


    Wide receiver

    ;
  11. 11
    + 138
    - 46


    Outside Linebacker

    ;
  12. 12
    + 120
    - 32


    Guard

    ;
  13. 13
    + 162
    - 69


    Running back, Quarterback, Wide receiver

    ;
  14. 14
    + 122
    - 52


    Tackle, Offensive Lineman

    ;
  15. 15
    + 116
    - 35


    Running back

    ;
  16. 16
    + 122
    - 45


    Running back

    ;
  17. 17
    + 105
    - 49


    Quarterback

    ;
  18. 18
    + 54
    - 9

    added by kelly-jameston
    Cornerback

    ;
  19. 19
    + 95
    - 36


    Wide receiver

    ;
  20. 20
    + 84
    - 29


    Running back

    ;
  21. 21
    + 92
    - 39


    Wide receiver

    ;
  22. 22
    + 42
    - 4
    Jabrill Peppers 
	is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time

    added by swag
    Jabrill Peppers

  23. 23
    + 83
    - 46


    Quarterback

    ;
  24. 24
    + 67
    - 33


    End, Tight end

    ;
  25. 25
    + 67
    - 33


    Wide receiver

    ;
  26. 26
    + 62
    - 40


    Defensive end

    ;
  27. 27
    + 52
    - 32


    Safety

    ;
  28. 28
    + 73
    - 25

    ranked low on reranks

    ;
  29. 29
    + 75
    - 35


    Linebacker, Center

    ;
  30. 30
    + 59
    - 27


    Running back

    ;
  31. 31
    + 44
    - 35


    Return specialist, Punt returner, Kickoff returner

    ;
  32. 32
    + 39
    - 21


    Defensive tackle, Tackle

    ;
  33. 33
    + 22
    - 6
    Jourdan Lewis 
	is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time

    added by calhouse
    Jourdan Lewis

  34. 34
    + 48
    - 29


    Running back, Return specialist, Kickoff returner

    ;
  35. 35
    + 31
    - 15

    added by slaft
    Wide receiver

    ;
  36. 36
    + 28
    - 14

    added by kelly-jameston
    Cornerback, Safety

    ;
  37. 37
    + 40
    - 25


    Defensive tackle

    ;
  38. 38
    + 49
    - 34


    Quarterback

    ;
  39. 39
    + 40
    - 27


    Quarterback

    ;
  40. 40
    + 22
    - 30


    Defensive back

    ;
  41. 41
    + 33
    - 29


    Punt returner, Wide receiver

    ;
  42. 42
    + 34
    - 31

    added by ZachMusclesGlassesFannock
    Wide receiver

    ;
  43. 43
    + 32
    - 29


    Linebacker

    ;
  44. 44
    + 33
    - 31


    Cornerback

    ;
  45. 45
    + 32
    - 30


    Linebacker

    ;
  46. 46
    + 29
    - 30


    Guard, Center

    ;
  47. 47
    + 2
    - 2

    added by Cameron John
    Wide receiver

    ;
  48. 48
    + 25
    - 28


    ;
  49. 49
    + 28
    - 35
    John Navarre 
	is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Michigan Football Players of All Time


    John Navarre Quarterback

  50. 50
    + 26
    - 35


    Linebacker

    ;
54 +

Something missing? Add it!

L List Options 2 Rerank List B Comments & Embed z Share Next List >