Greatest College Football Players of All Time

All-time best players ever to step on a college field.
The Top Ten
Herschel Walker Herschel Walker is a former professional American football player, bobsledder, sprinter and mixed martial artist.

UGA before Herschel was an average team. UGA after Herschel was an average team until about 2002! From 1980-1982, Georgia lived in the top 5, won a National Title and had a shot to win 3 National Titles.

I saw Herschel play Penn State for the National Title his junior year. Penn State would have blown out Georgia without Herschel, but he single handedly kept Georgia in the game. I had never seen a team lean on 1 guy so much.

Herschel Walker is the greatest college football player of all time.

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.

He played with Buck Belue as his QB and still won a national title Tebow had a great team to help hide his lack of skills. Walker defined the modern running back, you can big fast and elusive.

Didn't win Heisman his first two years... But Was definitely best player in NCAA. Georgia was playing for national championship every year he was there and won 1

Archie Griffin

No better than Archie. The guy taught upcoming running backs how to run hard every play, yet still have elusive moves. 2 time Heisman winner. It speaks for itself.

Archie Griffen is the best CFB player ever. Died before NFL but is unquestionably the greatest.

Only 2 time Heisman in the history of the game. You've got to respect this Buckeye.

He is the only person to win the Heisman twice. He disservice to be number one.

Jim Brown James Nathaniel Brown is a former professional American football player and actor. He was a running back for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League from 1957 through 1965.
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.

Clear choice!
First of all, he should be higher than walker because he broke his rushing TD record while playing quarterback! Was a Heisman finals 3 years in a row and was the first sophomore to ever win it. Was a part of 2 national championships and was the first player to ever throw and rush 20 touchdowns in a single season, he was the epitome of dual threat quarterbacks. And to top it off, he had the best morals and personality, carrying his team, and delivered one of the best s peaches in football history.

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.

Set record for heisman QBR at the time. Only player beside Archie Griffin to receive most first place heisman votes. (Robbed by Sam Bradford). Established the legitimacy of the dual threat QB. First underclassman to win heisman breaking the age barrier. First 20/20 player. Tons of records including most passing yards in a BCS bowl.

Bo Jackson Vincent Edward "Bo" Jackson is a former baseball and American football player. He is the only athlete in history to be named an All-Star in both baseball and football, and one of few to do so in two major sports.

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.

He should be in the top ten, not Tim tebow. Tim tebow sucks, that sore loser and cry baby.

Yup the best, played baseball and football at the same time at the pro level

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.

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

Jim Thorpe James Francis "Jim" Thorpe was an American athlete and Olympic gold medalist. A member of the Sac and Fox Nation, Thorpe became the first Native American to win a gold medal for the United States.

He lead college football in Rushing Yards and Touchdowns 4 Times

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

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

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.

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

He was a Freak show on the field and when went to the pros was even better

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

Better than Manziel. Running for nearly 3,000 yards

Dick Butkus

Ohio State fan here...but I have to say Butkus the best ever..

One of the greatest linebackers to ever play

Best name ever

Don't forget all big ten offense(center)

Earl Campbell Earl Christian Campbell is a former American football running back who played professionally in the National Football League for the Houston Oilers and New Orleans Saints.

The Newcomers

? Chuck Bednarik
? Sammy Baugh
The Contenders
Johnny Manziel Jonathan Paul Manziel is an American professional Canadian football quarterback for the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League. He was drafted by the NFL's Cleveland Browns with the 22nd overall pick of the 2014 NFL Draft. Towards the end of the 2015 season, Manziel endured numerous scandals, ...read more.

No matter your opinion of Manziel, the stats & results speak for themselves, there was no one more exciting to watch at the college level. I know I'm biased as an Aggie, but Johnny Football was the most electrifying college athlete in his time at A&M. On and off the field. Broke Tim Tebows record his Redshirt Freshman season & was the first "Freshman" Heisman & should have won it his sophomore season...

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.

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.

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

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, ...read 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 top 3. The fact that these clowns haven't voted for him shows bias. Charles Woodson singlehandedly won Michigan that 1997 National Championship. Only Defensive player in CFB HISTORY to win a Heisman. He is the actual GOAT of college football.

Their first SHARED National title. He's a traitor from Ohio that needs to remove that Ohio tattoo from his arm.

Anthony Davis

Watch him play against Notre Dame. Any questions

Greatest college football player ever

USC's architech of the great comeback against and.

Peyton Manning Peyton Williams Manning is a former American football quarterback who played 18 seasons in the National Football League for the Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos.

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

Nick Chubb rules, I am a Chubby girl!

Marcus Mariota Marcus Ardel Tafuna Taulauniu Mariota is an American football quarterback for the Las Vegas Raiders of the National Football League.

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

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

Most efficient player to ever play QB position

One of the top 3 easy

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.

Watch Vince on the highlight reel as a long horn... nothing but magic deserves another shot in nfl best college Qb of all time

He is beast at QB

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

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.

Anthony Carter (Michigan)
Deion Sanders Deion Luywnn Sanders, Sr. is a former American football and former American baseball player, who works as an analyst for CBS Sports and the NFL Network.

Fastest player ever... Bar none!

Cool player we dem boyz

Gale Sayers Gale Eugene Sayers, also known as "The Kansas Comet", is a former American college and professional football player who was a running back in the National Football League for seven seasons during the 1960s and early 1970s.
Michael Vick Michael Dwayne Vick (born June 26, 1980) is a former American football quarterback who played 13 seasons in the National Football League, primarily with the Atlanta Falcons and the Philadelphia Eagles. He played college football at Virginia Tech and was selected by the Falcons as the first overall pick ...read more.

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.

Best college football player ever

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.

Roger Staubach Roger Thomas Staubach, nicknamed Captain America and Captain Comeback, is a former American football quarterback in the National Football League.
Nile Kinnick

Yes he was amazing

Tommy Frazier

Look at the record. Look at the scores. Look at the tape. The playbook was even given out against Florida in the national championship. Still couldn't stop him. Greatest of all time!

24? Whoever did this is an idiot

Best college player ever

He is one of the best rushing qbs

8Load More
PSearch List