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This list ranks the best Alabama Crimson Tide players of all time. Football is a way of life in Alabama. The state is home to two of the most famous schools in NCAA history: Auburn and Alabama. The latter is one of the most recognized programs in the sport and recently has dominated college football behind some of the best players in school history. The football program started in 1892 and has established itself as one of the most iconic names in sports. Alabama has won 15 national championships and those teams featured some of the best players in Crimson Tide history. Many of Alabama's greatest players went onto achieve success in the NFL, including future Pro Football Hall of Famers like John Hannah, Ozzie Newsome and Derrick Thomas. Surprisingly, with the school's rich history of having a roster full of outstanding players, curiously has only one Heisman Trophy in its cabinet. In 2009, Mark Ingram barely nudged past Stanford running back Toby Gerhart to take the trophy back to Tuscaloosa. 

In recent years, a good number of Alabama players have gone on to play in the NFL. Under the stewardship of Nick Saban, Alabama is going through its greatest stretch since the legendary Bear Bryant was at the helm. Needless to say, you won't find too many Alabama fans who are disappointed in the school's recent past.

This is the list of the best Bama Crimson Tide players of all time. If you notice someone is missing from the list, feel free to add him. Vote or rerank the list according to who you think is the greatest Alabama football player ever.
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Julio Jones is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Julio Jones Wide receiver

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Derrick Thomas is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Derrick Thomas Linebacker

3
+ - 462 121
Joe Namath is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Joe Namath Quarterback

4
+ - 283 107
Shaun Alexander is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Shaun Alexander Running back

5
+ - 248 60
Amari Cooper is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time

6
+ - 293 96
Ken Stabler is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Ken Stabler Quarterback

7
+ - 261 82
Ozzie Newsome is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Ozzie Newsome Tight end

8
+ - 247 76
Derrick Henry is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time

9
+ - 277 74
Dont'a Hightower is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Dont'a Hightower Linebacker

10
+ - 309 101
Mark Ingram, Sr. is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Mark Ingram, Jr. Wide receiver

11
+ - 167 25
Bart Starr is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Bart Starr Quarterback

12
+ - 250 70
John Hannah is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
John Hannah Guard

13
+ - 218 69
Cornelius Bennett is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Cornelius Bennett Linebacker

14
+ - 289 120
Eddie Lacy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Eddie Lacey Running back

15
+ - 198 66
Don Hutson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Don Hutson End, Safety, Wide receiver

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+ - 235 110
Trent Richardson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Trent Richardson Running back

17
+ - 166 67
Marcell Dareus is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Marcell Dareus Defensive tackle

18
+ - 253 133
AJ McCarron is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
AJ McCarron Quarterback

19
+ - 91 13
C.J. Mosley is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time

20
+ - 157 61
Rolando McClain is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Rolando McClain Linebacker

21
+ - 169 57
Lee Roy Jordan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Lee Roy Jordan Linebacker, Center

22
+ - 149 60
Courtney Upshaw is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Courtney Upshaw Outside Linebacker, Linebacker

23
+ - 132 46
DeMeco Ryans is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
DeMeco Ryans Linebacker

24
+ - 106 60
David Palmer is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
David Palmer Return specialist, Kickoff returner, Wide receiver

25
+ - 123 61
Bobby Humphrey is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Bobby Humphrey Running back

26
+ - 109 51
Dre Kirkpatrick is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Dre Kirkpatrick Cornerback, Defensive back

27
+ - 103 49
Dwight Stephenson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time

28
+ - 122 58
Mark Barron is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Mark Barron Safety

29
+ - 109 57
Chris Samuels is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Chris Samuels Tackle

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+ - 109 58
D.J. Fluker is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time

31
+ - 101 51
Javier Arenas is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Javier Arenas Cornerback, Return specialist, Defensive back

32
+ - 72 36
Barrett Jones is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time

33
+ - 102 54
Johnny Musso is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Johnny Musso Running back

34
+ - 107 60
Terrence Cody is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Terrence Cody Nose tackle

35
+ - 79 44
Billy Neighbors is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Billy Neighbors Offensive Lineman, Guard

36
+ - 73 39
Woodrow Lowe is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Woodrow Lowe Linebacker

37
+ - 70 38
Barry Krauss is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Barry Krauss Linebacker

38
+ - 89 50
Antonio Langham is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Antonio Langham Cornerback

39
+ - 79 53
Eric Curry is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Eric Curry Defensive end

40
+ - 81 51
Chance Warmack is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time

41
+ - 65 45
John Copeland is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
John Copeland Defensive tackle, Lineman, Defensive end

42
+ - 74 42
Andre Smith is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Andre Smith Tackle

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+ - 67 42
Marty Lyons is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Marty Lyons Defensive tackle, Defensive end, Tackle

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+ - 66 48
E.J. Junior is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
E.J. Junior Linebacker

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+ - 66 43
Jeremiah Castille is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Jeremiah Castille Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back

46
+ - 60 40
Pat Trammell is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time

47
+ - 60 47
Keith McCants is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Keith McCants Defensive end, Linebacker

48
+ - 65 60
Jay Barker is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time

49
+ - 65 48
Harry Gilmer is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Harry Gilmer Halfback, Quarterback, Defensive back

50
+ - 76 58
Greg McElroy is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Greg McElroy Quarterback