Don’t get me wrong, there have been tons of truly amazing football players in the ranks of the NCAA – but there are a rare few that deserve recognition. Some have committed murder, yet others have gone on to illustrious careers that led to the Hall of Fame – some have done both. Cheers gentlemen!
Top Ten College Football Players of All-Time
10. Vince Young -Texas
In the 2006 Rose Bowl, he completed 30 of 40 passes for 267 yards and carried the ball 19 times for 200 yards and 3 rushing touchdowns. Those 200 rushing yards set a Bowl game rushing record by a QB. He was named Rose Bowl MVP for the second time in his career.
9. Tommy Nobis â Texas
He averaged nearly 20 tackles a game as a two time All-American linebacker and made the All-Southwest Conference team three times. Nobis also played on both defense and offense for his entire college career, playing guard on the offensive side of the ball.
8. Roger Staubach â Navy
As a junior in 1963, he won the Heisman Trophy and the Maxwell Award, while leading the Midshipmen to a 9-1 record and No. 2 final ranking. In his three seasons at Navy, he completed 292 of 463 passes, with only 19 interceptions, and gained a school record 4,253 yards of total offense.
7. Johnny Lujack â Notre Dame
Lujack quarterbacked the Fighting Irish to three National Championships (1943,1946,1947), and won the Heisman Trophy in 1947. The three years between titles was due to his time in the Navy during World War II.
6. Doak Walker — Southern Methodist University
Walker did it all at SMU, playing running back, defensive back, passed, punted and kicked extra points. He was a three-time All-American and won the Heisman in 1948, leading his team to an 18-1-3 record in 1947 and 1948.
5. Tom Harmon â Michigan
The 1940 Heisman Trophy winner, Harmon rushed for 2,134 yards as the Wolverines running back over his career. He also completed 100 passes and threw 16 touchdowns. His greatest game was his last. Harmon led the Wolverines to a 40-0 victory over rival Ohio State with three rushing touchdowns, two passing touchdowns. He also kicked four extra points, intercepted three passes, and punting three times for a 50-yard average.
4. Johnny Rodgers â Nebraska
âThe Jetâ? broke virtually every Cornhusker offensive record, while twice being named to the All-America Team and winning the Walter Camp Award and the Heisman Trophy in 1972. In his three years at Nebraska, Rodgers established an all-purpose NCAA yardage record of 5,586.
3. Sammy Baugh â Texas Christian University
In his three years at quarterback at TCU, Baugh passed for 3,471 yards and 39 touchdowns. He was a two-time All-American and was the first passing star in college football history. The year he entered college the law banning more then one passing attempt per series was abolished.
2. O.J. Simpson â USC
O.J. won the Heisman Trophy, as well as the Maxwell and Walter Camp Awards in 1968 after setting the NCAA record for rushing yards with 1,709. He also was a member of the world record setting USC 440-yard relay team, and was the first Heisman winner to be elected to the Pro Football Hall-of-Fame.
1. Red Grange â Illinois
He only played 20 games at Illinois, but they were huge. He ran for 2,071 yards on 5.3 yards per carry, scoring 31 touchdowns (16 of which from 20-yards or further). Grange also caught 14 passes for 253-yards and threw for 575-yards.