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Best College Football Players of All Time

Updated on July 25, 2016

College Football Greats

Bo Jackson played college football at Auburn University and he also played in the NFL and the MLB.
Bo Jackson played college football at Auburn University and he also played in the NFL and the MLB. | Source
Tim Tebow played college football for the Florida Gators and he holds most of their rushing and passing records.
Tim Tebow played college football for the Florida Gators and he holds most of their rushing and passing records. | Source
Herschel Walker won the Heisman Trophy while playing and breaking records for the Georgia Bulldogs.
Herschel Walker won the Heisman Trophy while playing and breaking records for the Georgia Bulldogs. | Source
Barry Sanders was a tremendous running back for the Ohio State Buckeyes in college as well as the best running back in Detroit Lions history.
Barry Sanders was a tremendous running back for the Ohio State Buckeyes in college as well as the best running back in Detroit Lions history. | Source
Before Elway won two Super Bowls with the Denver Broncos he was learning his trade with Stanford as the starting quarterback.
Before Elway won two Super Bowls with the Denver Broncos he was learning his trade with Stanford as the starting quarterback. | Source
Charles Woodson played college ball for the Michigan Wolverines and he is one of the best defensive players in collegiate history.
Charles Woodson played college ball for the Michigan Wolverines and he is one of the best defensive players in collegiate history. | Source

College Football Legends

1. Tim Tebow (Florida): The Florida Gators star quarterback has amazing statistics. Look at these numbers. 88 passing touchdowns, 57 rushing touchdowns and 9, 285 passing yards to go along with 2,947 rushing yards. What a player he was nominated three times for the Heisman winning it once in 2007. He led his team to National Championships in 2006 and 2008. Tim Tebow was one of my favorite college players to watch play. He could run, jump, slide and score like no other quarterback could.

2. Herschel Walker (Georgia): Walker had statistics that can not be denied when he was the half back for the Georgia Bulldogs. He rushed for 5, 259 yards in his three year NCAA playing days. He also had 49 rushing touchdowns. He won the Heisman trophy in 1982 and he helped to defeat Notre Dame to win the Sugar Bowl. Walker was a legend in his own time, he was another great and entertaining player. When he touched the ball you knew great things were going to happen.

3. Bo Jackson (Auburn): Bo Jackson won the Heisman trophy in 1985 and he was the consensus All American in 1983 and again in 1985. Jackson had 43 rushing touchdowns and 4,303 total rushing yards in his four year college stint. Bo Jackson was fortunate to be a part of the winning Auburn Tigers for the Sugar Bowl and the Liberty Bowl and was the MVP of both football contests. You must have respect because Bo knows multiple sport success. Bo knows best.

4. Red Grange (Illinois): Grange won All American honors three years in a row. In 1923, he won, The Helms Athletic Foundation Championship. Grange had 2,071 rushing yards and over 900 yards from punt and kick off returns. He has played all over the field including running back, punt returner and even quarterback. Red passed for 575 yards and tossed three touch downs.

5. Archie Griffin (Ohio State): Griffin had a banner Junior year rushing for 1,695 yards and scored a total of 12 touch downs in 1974. He is the only Two time Heisman trophy recipient and had some nice stats including 25 rushing scores and over five thousand career rushing yards.

6. Doak Walker (Southern Methodist University): In 1948, as a Junior he won the Heisman trophy and was a three time All America which is outstanding. He won the Maxwell Award and he played lots of positions which is amazing. He was a half back, defensive back, kicker and punter. He played wide receiver and quarterback on occasion. Walker had over 2,000 rushing and receiving total yards, 14 passing touchdowns and over 1,600 total pass yards.

7. Barry Sanders (Oklahoma State): He easily won the Heisman trophy in 1986 while rushing for 2,628 yards. He won the Holiday Bowl and had nice stats including: 3,556 rushing yards, 47 TD's and over 1,400 yards from punt and kick returns. Barry Sanders went on to play for the Detroit Lions as a running back and although he never won a Superbowl, he is widely considered one of the top running backs in Detroit Lions history.

8. Jim Thorpe (Carlisle Indian): In 1911 and 1912 he was an All American and he led his team to a National Championship in 1912. Thorpe had over three thousand yards on the ground, 330 passing yards and over 700 yards in kick off and punt returns.

9. Charles Woodson (Michigan): In 1997 Woodson won the Heisman trophy playing Iron man for the Wolverines. That is to say he played offense and defense. He was a corner back, kick returner and a wide receiver. He helped Michigan go undefeated and win the National Championship He was a true defensive talent that helped him get 18 interceptions, 395 yards receiving and even two rushing scores. I really enjoyed watching Woodson go on to play for the Oakland Raiders. He was a corner back and knocked downed lots of football passes and made lots of interceptions as well.

10. John Elway (Stanford): He was an All American in 1982, and finished second in the running for The Heisman Trophy voting that same year. He passed the football for a very high 77 touchdowns and his yards for his four year career were outstanding with 9,349 passing yards. In the 80s John Elway was a household name. He could do amazing thing when he touched a football.

Please feel free to leave comments in the comments box at the bottom of this page because I love reading others' opinions. Also, tell me who you think the number 1 player in college football history is.

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College Football Is A Time To Root For Your State

I'm from Alabama and we root hard for Alabama and Auburn in this state. Show your love and support for your team. No fair weather fans here and we celebrate wins and losses by parties.

The games are always played with passion and the tailgating is so fun to do with music and BBQ grill outs.

© 2013 Buster Johnson

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