Top 100 College Football Players of All Time

  1. Jim Thorpe HB, Carlisle- In 1911, Thorpe played running back, defensive back, place-kicker, and punter for his school's football team. He scored all of his team's points(four field goals and a touchdown) in an 18-13 upset victory over Harvard. Carlisle finished the season 11-1. The next year, Thorpe led Carlisle to the national collegiate championship, scoring 25 touchdowns and 198 points  including an upset victory over national powerhouse Army. He won All-American honors in both 1911 and 1912.
  2. Herschel Walker RB, Georgia - At UGA, Walker set an NCAA freshman rushing record and led Georgia to the national football championship. He earned consensus All-American honors three consecutive years, set 10 NCAA records, 15 Southeast Conference records, 30 Georgia all-time records. In his junior and final year at Georgia, he was awarded the 1982 Heisman Trophy.
  3. Red Grange HB, Illinois - In his sophomore year, the "The Galloping Ghost" ran for 723 yards and scored twelve touchdowns while leading Illinois to a national championship. But, he is most remembered for his 4 touchdowns(95, 67, 56, 44 yards) in the first quarter against Michigan in 1924. He played only 20 games in college but had 31 touchdowns and 3,362 yards.
  4. Sammy Baugh QB/DB/P, TCU - "Slingin'" Sammy Baugh of Texas Christian was the first great passer in college football. In 1934, "Slingin'" Sammy threw 587 passes in his three varsity seasons for 39 touchdowns and nearly two miles in yardage. In an era when a quaterback usually three less than 10 passes a game. Baugh was also an excellent punter. He was named All American in 1935 and 1936. and repeated as a consensus All- America in his 1936 senior season. On New Year's Day of 1937 Texas Christian played in the first Cotton Bowl defeating Marquette 16-6.
  5. Tim Tebow QB, Florda - He played college football at the University of Florida, where he won a Heisman Trophy. He was the first college football player to both rush and pass for twenty or more touchdowns in a single season and was the first college sophomore to win the Heisman. Tebow won 2 national championships and 3 SEC Title games in his first 3 years at Florida.
  6. Hugh Green DE, Pittsburgh - Hugh Green was a defensive end for the University of Pittsburgh Panthers where he was a three-time All-American from 1978-80. In 1980, Green won the Walter Camp Award, the Maxwell Award, and the Lombardi Award, and finished second in the Heisman Trophy balloting, losing to running back George Rogers of the University of South Carolina.Green left the university with 441 tackles and 53 career sacks in his college career.
  7. Archie Griffin RB, Ohio State - Archie Griffin played at Ohio State from 1972-75 and was voted All-America three times. Griffin is the only player to start in four Rose Bowls, the only player to win the Heisman Trophy twice.He rushed for 1428 yards as a sophomore, 1620 as a junior, 1357 as a senior. The Sporting News named him the 1975 "Man of the Year." He set an NCAA rushing record of 31 consecutive 100-yard games rushing. His career rushing total, 5177 yards, was an NCAA record at the time.
  8. Dick Butkus LB/C, Illinois - Dick Butkus played with intensity and desire. He was a devastating linebacker for Illinois from 1962 through 1964 and also played center. He was a unanimous All-America in 1963 and 1964. In one of his biggest games,Butkus made 23 tackles against Ohio State in 1963. Since 1950, only one player linebacker has been voted Most Valuable Player in the Big Ten; that was Butkus in 1963. The American Football Coaches Association named him Player of the Year in 1964.
  9. Bronko Nagurski FB/T, Minnesota - Bronko Nagurski played fullback on offense and tackle on defense at the University of Minnesota from 1927-1929. He was named an All-American at both positions by the New York Sun in 1929. Coach Steve Owen said, "There's only one defense that could stop Nagurski--shoot him before he leaves the dressing room."
  10. Earl Campbell RB, Texas - Earl"the Tyler Rose" Campbell played for the University of Texas from 1973-1977. In a four-year career, he rushed for 4,443 yards. This was the fifth highest total of all time when he retired. His ran for 928 yards as a freshman, 1118 as a sophomore, 653 as a junior (he missed four games), and 1,744 as a senior. He was All-America in 1975 and 1977, and he led the nation in rushing and scoring and won the Heisman Trophy in 1977.


  11. Vince Young QB, Texas
  12. Deion Sanders CB, Florida State
  13. Jim Brown RB, Syracuse
  14. Willie Heston RB, Michigan
  15. Bo Jackson RB, Auburn
  16. Archie Manning QB, Ole Miss
  17. Roger Staubach QB, Navy
  18. Nile Kinnick HB, Iowa
  19. John Hannah OL, Alabama
  20. Barry Sanders RB, Oklahoma State
  21. Bubba Smith DL, Michigan State
  22. Joe Washington, RB Oklahoma
  23. Lawrence Taylor LB/DE, North Carolina
  24. Ron Dayne RB, Wisconsin
  25. Doak Walker RB, SMU
  26. Dave Rimington C, Nebraska
  27. Tony Dorsett RB Pittsburgh
  28. Tommy Nobis LB/G, Texas
  29. Don Hutson End, Alabama
  30. O.J. Simpson RB, USC 
  31. Matt Leinart QB USC
  32. Jim Parker OG, Ohio State
  33. Marcus Allen RB, USC
  34. Doug Flutie QB, Boston College
  35. Ricky Williams RB Texas
  36. Bennie Oosterbaan End, Michigan
  37. Reggie Bush RB, USC
  38. Orlando Pace OT, Ohio State
  39. George Webster Rover, Michigan St
  40. Lee Roy Jordan LB/C, Alabama
  41. Charles Woodson CB/WR/KR, Michigan
  42. Doc Blanchard RB, Army
  43. Keith Jackson TE, Oklahoma
  44. Lee Roy Selmon DT, Oklahoma
  45. Mike Ditka TE/DL, Pittsburgh
  46. Chuck Bednarik C/LB, Pennsylvania
  47. John Elway QB, Stanford
  48. Johnny Rodgers WR/KR, Nebraska
  49. Brian Bosworth LB, Oklahoma
  50. Rich Glover DL, Nebraska
  51. Bill Fralic OT, Pittsburgh
  52. Dean Steinkuhler OG, Nebraska
  53. Jerry Rice WR, Miss Valley St
  54. Chris Spielman LB, Ohio State
  55. Anthony Carter WR, Michigan
  56. George Connor T, Holy Cross & Notre Dame
  57. Ernie Davis RB, Syracuse
  58. Jack Tatum DB, Ohio State
  59. Tommy Casanova DB/RB, LSU
  60. Mike Singletary LB, Baylor
  61. Howard Twilley WR, Tulsa
  62. Jerry Robinson LB, UCLA
  63. Glenn Davis HB, Army
  64. Kenneth Sims DT, Texas
  65. Tommie Frazier QB, Nebraska
  66. George Gipp HB, Notre Dame
  67. Ron Yary OL, USC
  68. Randy White DL, Maryland
  69. Tim Brown FL, Notre Dame
  70. Ted Kwalick Tight End, Penn St
  71. Leon Hart Line, Notre Dame
  72. Ernie Nevers FB, Stanford
  73. Jay Berwanger HB, Chicago
  74. Charlie Ward QB, Florida State
  75. Davey O'Brien QB, TCU
  76. Johnny Lattner Back, Notre Dame
  77. Steve Emtman DT, Washington
  78. Raghib Ismail WR, Notre Dame
  79. Charles White RB, USC
  80. Bruce Smith HB, Minnesota
  81. Desmond Howard WR, Michigan
  82. Tom Harmon HB, Michigan
  83. Elmer Oliphant Back, Army
  84. Bob Gain T/PK, Kentucky
  85. Bob Suffridge G, Tennessee
  86. Kenny Easley S, UCLA
  87. Ronnie Lott S, USC
  88. Eric Dickerson, RB, SMU
  89. Dan Dierdorf OT, Michigan
  90. Paul Robeson End, Rutgers
  91. Leroy Keyes RB, Purdue
  92. Randy Moss WR, Marshall
  93. Randy Gradishar LB, Ohio State
  94. Peyton Manning QB, Tennessee
  95. John Hicks OL, Ohio State
  96. Frank Sinkwich HB, Georgia
  97. Jamar Fletcher CB, Wisconsin
  98. Jim McMahon QB, BYU
  99. Charlie Justice HB, N. Carolina
  100. Rod Woodson DB, Purdue