Greatest College Football Players Ever

All-time best players ever to step on a college field.

The Top Ten

1 Herschel Walker Herschel Walker Herschel Walker is a former professional American football player, bobsledder, sprinter and mixed martial artist.

Herschel Walker accomplished what he did against SEC Defenses. He was faster than a speeding bulletin, more powerful than locomotive and able leap tall players with single bound. Put his highlight reel up and it's not close...Herschel was is and always will be the best running back to ever play football at any level.

Heisman winner. NCAA, SEC, and Georgia university record holder. 11 NCAA records, 15 SEC records, 41 Georgia unversity records.

Probably the best university of Georgia running back that they will ever have. There will not be another one like him.

I am a GA Bulldogs fan so like duh

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2 Tim Tebow Tim Tebow Timothy Richard Tebow is an American professional baseball outfielder in the New York Mets organization and a former professional American football player in the National Football League.

Heisman winner (first underclassman/sophomore to win it)... got invites 2 more times. 2 National Titles... broke Herschel Walker's TD Record while playing Georgia!

Handed Bobby Boweden his last ever Loss!
3-1 against UGA
4-0 Against FSU
4-0 Against Tenn
1-0 against Miami

The above 4 are Florida's main rivals!

His stats in high school were impeccable, his stats in college were amazing, even his stats although limited on the pro level were respectable. NFL is a business and one of entertainment, although his character was/is one that is poster quality as a role model for youth in real life, it did not fit the bill for the powers that be in the leading entertainment industry known as the NFL. Say what you want, Tebow belongs in the Top 3... Tears or not. Passion dies have a place.

Rather than being a football player, he has a local charity named after him: The Tim Tebow Foundation. His charity hosts "A Night to Shine" prom at different churches in North America including New Hope Church. - kristyrosepetal4

No NFL player for sure, College is another story!

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3 Archie Griffen

Archie Set. The bar the greatest of all time

Give me a break, this man should be #1!

Definitely should be number 1

No way look at number one

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4 Red Grange Red Grange Harold Edward "Red" Grange, nicknamed "The Galloping Ghost" or "The Galloping Red Ghost", was a college and professional American football halfback for the University of Illinois, the Chicago Bears, and for the short-lived New York Yankees.

Forgotten but by far one of the toughest and greatest players to touch the field. He turned the NFL into a serious league

Should be top 5. He doesn't have the numbers, but that's because he played in the the 1920s. - shabookie

Single greatest player to ever wear a uniform in college football.

5 Johnny Manziel Johnny Manziel Jonathan Paul Manziel is an American football quarterback who is a free agent. He was drafted by the Cleveland Browns with the 22nd overall pick of the 2014 NFL Draft. Towards the end of the 2015 season the infamous story of with reports circulating that he was in Las Vegas instead of in Cleveland with more.

Manziel was amazing in college but his NFL career sucked he beat up his girlfriend, helped Josh Gordon get suspended and where is he now no where a free agent no one is gonna give him another chance

Most exciting player to watch... Even if you are not a fan of his team or his (over-hyped, over-spun) off season activities. This guy does what others can not, have not and likely will not.

Too many zits and an ugly nose. He really wasn't anything special as we will see in his brief NFL career.

An outstanding CFB player, but that was classic Browns drafting him. He will be a legendary bust and his celebrations will always be used against him.

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6 Barry Sanders Barry Sanders Barry Sanders is a former American football running back who spent his entire professional career with the Detroit Lions of the National Football League.

If Barry Sanders had had a full Career he would be the Goat

No one like Barry. He carried teams like no other, every other player wanted to play like Barry.

Barry terrific is the third best running back, first is Bo Jackson, secound ladainian Tomlinson, then Barry terrific, We dem boyz


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7 Dick Butkus

One of the greatest linebackers to ever play

Best name ever

Don't forget all big ten offense(center)

8 Jim Thorpe Jim Thorpe

Before any muscle enhancing drugs, The reason football players are paid WELL, Hands down best EVER! You wish you could THORPE LIFE.

He lead college football in Rushing Yards and Touchdowns 4 Times

JIM thorpe was prbably the greatest all around athhelet that ever lived

9 Marcus Mariota Marcus Mariota Marcus Ardel Tafuna Taulauniu Mariota is an American football quarterback for the Tennessee Titans of the National Football League.

Mariota should be higher and I watched him back in the day when he was in college

One of the top 3 easy

Should've won the Heisman twice lacking a National Championship but still an amazing player.

Go Mariota!

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10 Anthony Davis

Watch him play against Notre Dame. Any questions

Greatest college football player ever

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The Contenders

11 Charles Woodson Charles Woodson Charles Woodson is a former American football cornerback and free safety. He played college football for Michigan, where he led the Wolverines to a national championship in 1997. Woodson, a "two-way player" who played both offense and defense, won the Heisman Trophy in the same year, becoming the second, more.

Defense gets no love and half of the college football players, play on that side of the ball. They say defense wins championships and that's true, but why do we not award them the Heisman more often?

Last guy to do it on defense was Charles Woodson. Dominant cornerback! Great at coverage, would dare you to throw his way and when you did, he's pick you off. Great punt return and also played a little wide receiver. Its actually sad that he had to play offense to have a shot at the Heisman, because his defensive play alone should have won him the award.

Beat out Peyton Manning for the award and that was no fluke. Peyton was a great college QB but choked in the big games like he still does today. 0-4 vs Florida, enough said there. Woodson on the other hand led Michigan to a 12-0 season and their first National Title in 48 years!

The single Greatest defensive player of all time. There will never be a player like him. When teams played Michigan in 1997 they had to rely on the running game because Quarterbacks literally feared to throw the ball onto his side of the field. Should be top 3.

Easily the best defensive college player of all time, maybe the best overall. Simply put, Woodson is the man.

Charles is defense.

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12 Nile Kinnick

Yes he was amazing

13 Jameis Winston Jameis Winston Jameis L. Winston is an American football quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League.

How is he not top 10 maybe top 5! Really Aaron Murray but not Jameis?

Should be in top 3

Winston sucks. Quit putting a guy who played 2 years on the list. His sophomore season was terrible anyway.

This guy is wack put Peyton manning ahead of this bum

14 Archie Manning

The best scrambler in collage and nfl history we dem boyz

Archie Manning is the BEST QB in college history. He did things Johnny football could only dream of.

I remember the Tide/Rebel game of 1969, and there were many others in his 3 yrs. The reason for a lack luster career in NFL was John Mecom, trading very good players and he had no help, most of the time. As The Bear said, He was the best college physical specimen of a quarterback he'd ever seen. He would complete passes with defense hanging on him, or pulling him down, and some would be for TD's. Just a bit of F Y I

Yup his the best we dem boyz

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15 Michael Vick Michael Vick Michael Dwayne Vick is an American football quarterback who is a free agent. He has previously played for the Atlanta Falcons, Philadelphia Eagles, New York Jets and Pittsburgh Steelers.

Vick should seriously be higher. Vick was one of my favorite players and had a cannon of an arm even though most people don't know it.

Best college player ever. The combination of running and was actually number 1 in passing efficiency in 1999.

The fastest quarterback of all time.

No way Vick is 15 he did so much more than what his stats showed he created a lot of plays just with his presence on the feild

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16 Peyton Manning Peyton Manning Peyton Williams Manning is a former American football quarterback who played 18 seasons in the National Football League.

Quit saying we dem boyz it sounds stupid and immature.

Payton Manning the best quarderback of all time at age 49 men, check it out

He should be the first bescuse of all the records we dem boyz

He's my rolemodel

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17 Doc Blanchard

He won the HEISMAN and came in second place two times. If he had been able to play as a freshman, he would have inevitably been a finalist. He was one half of the most famous college backfield in history, and helped make Army into a college dynasty in the 1940's. He has to be in the top ten ever, and not being so reflects the lack of historical knowledge of the voters.

18 Reggie Bush Reggie Bush Reginald Alfred "Reggie" Bush Jr. is an American football running back who is currently on the Buffalo Bills roster.

How is he not in the top 10 or 5 by far the best college running back ever

Most exciting player in college football history.

19 Bo Jackson Bo Jackson

This man was absolutely amazing. SPEED-SPEED-SPEED, FAST, FASTER, FASTEST and with POWER I think he may be the best running back-ever and I'm an OLE MISS man

I'm a Alabama fan but I agree this guy is arguably the best college football player of all time and should be number one on this list.

His speed and power where unmatched, got denied the natty 3 strait years, best sports player ever.

How on earth is Mr. Steal yo crab legs ahead of Bo?

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20 Vince Young Vince Young Vincent Paul Young, Jr. is a former American football quarterback who played in the National Football League for six seasons.

He rallied his team from behind from 12 points half way through the 4th to beat what was hyped to be the best college football team ever.

great win in national championship over reggie bush and the #1 ranked USC

4th and 5 at the 9. You know he's going to run it. You just know. TD Vince Young, TD Texas.

He is beast at QB

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1. Herschel Walker
2. Red Grange
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