Every Major College Football Program’s Greatest Player in School History


The list of team’s will be ordered by those

with the most wins in college football history.

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Michigan: Charles Woodson

Charles Woodson remains the last defensive player to win the Heisman trophy, remarkably beating out Tennessee quarterback Peyton Manning in 1997 in a truly epic season. Of course, Woodson didn’t win the Heisman on his cover skills alone. He won the award thanks to a punt return for a touchdown and an interception against Ohio State in the final game of the regular season. In his Heisman-winning year, Woodson accounted for four touchdowns (two receiving, one rushing, one on a punt return) for Michigan’s only undefeated team since 1973 and only national title since 1948. The Wolverines won the Associated Press national title that season after defeating Washington State 21-16. Woodson intercepted eight passes in 1997 and 18 in his three seasons at Michigan. In addition to the Heisman, Woodson won the Walter Camp, Nagurski, Bednarik and Thorpe awards.

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Notre Dame: Joe Montana

Joe Montana was not allowed to play as a freshman in 1974, but flashed his late-game heroics early on in his sophomore season when he rallied the Irish against North Carolina in Chapel Hill – tossing for 129 yards and scoring 14 points in 1:02 of game time. He led a 20-point comeback the next week against Air Force, and the career of arguably the greatest fourth-quarter QB ever to play was in full force. After sitting out a year due to a seperated shoulder, Montana once again led a historic comeback in game three of the 1977 season. He started the next nine games (and won all of them) and led the Irish to the 1977 National Championship with a win over No. 1 Texas. In 1978, Montana pushed the Irish to a second straight Cotton Bowl win and a 9-3 overall record his final season. The “Chicken Soup Game” win over Houston in his final college game has become a legendary tale that was only a precursor of things to come for the great Joe Montana. Later on in his NFL career, he somehow made his college days look pedestrian.