College Sports The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time  

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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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1,079 361
Julio Jones is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Julio Jones Wide receiver

2
921 235
Derrick Thomas is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Derrick Thomas Linebacker

3
933 244
Joe Namath is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Joe Namath Quarterback

4
578 215
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
628 213
Mark Ingram, Sr. is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Mark Ingram, Jr. Wide receiver

6
565 175
Ken Stabler is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Ken Stabler Quarterback

7
634 182
Amari Cooper is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time

8
606 203
Derrick Henry is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
jacobvanzandt added Derrick Henry

9
513 145
Ozzie Newsome is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Ozzie Newsome Tight end

10
547 166
Dont'a Hightower is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Dont'a Hightower Linebacker

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443 87
Bart Starr is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Jimmy Ray Thomason added Bart Starr Quarterback

12
401 123
Cornelius Bennett is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Cornelius Bennett Linebacker

13
418 145
John Hannah is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
John Hannah Guard

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293 68
C.J. Mosley is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Seth Henks added C.J. Mosley

The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time

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324 130
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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470 248
Eddie Lacy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Eddie Lacy Running back

17
294 128
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
457 257
AJ McCarron is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
AJ McCarron Quarterback

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406 231
Trent Richardson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Trent Richardson Running back

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280 129
Rolando McClain is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Rolando McClain Linebacker

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283 111
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

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247 107
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

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185 102
David Palmer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
David Palmer Return specialist, Kickoff returner, Wide receiver

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208 91
DeMeco Ryans is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
DeMeco Ryans Linebacker

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201 100
Bobby Humphrey is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Bobby Humphrey Running back

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205 102
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

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213 94
Mark Barron is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Mark Barron Safety

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172 92
Dwight Stephenson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time

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161 84
Antonio Langham is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Antonio Langham Cornerback

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168 96
Chris Samuels is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Chris Samuels Tackle

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145 78
Barrett Jones is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
bamafett added Barrett Jones Guard

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114 71
John Copeland is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
John Copeland Defensive tackle, Lineman, Defensive end

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169 103
D.J. Fluker is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time

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119 84
Eric Curry is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Eric Curry Defensive end

35
160 96
Javier Arenas is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Javier Arenas Cornerback, Return specialist, Defensive back

The Creepiest Sports Mascots

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112 76
E.J. Junior is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
E.J. Junior Linebacker

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118 68
Barry Krauss is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Barry Krauss Linebacker

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142 105
Greg McElroy is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Greg McElroy Quarterback

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157 87
Johnny Musso is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Johnny Musso Running back

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111 70
Marty Lyons is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Marty Lyons Defensive tackle, Defensive end, Tackle

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90 10
Minkah Fitzpatick is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
MateoArrizabalaga added Minkah Fitzpatick DB

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114 71
Woodrow Lowe is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Woodrow Lowe Linebacker

The Most Underrated College Football Player

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129 25
Landon Collins is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Jackson_tilzer added Landon Collins

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101 100
Jay Barker is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time

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126 89
Chance Warmack is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time

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116 80
Billy Neighbors is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Billy Neighbors Offensive Lineman, Guard

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166 103
Terrence Cody is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Terrence Cody Nose tackle

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112 71
Jeremiah Castille is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Jeremiah Castille Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back

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95 78
Keith McCants is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Keith McCants Defensive end, Linebacker

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122 71
Andre Smith is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Andre Smith Tackle