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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948 287
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
778 208
Derrick Thomas is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Derrick Thomas Linebacker

3
798 216
Joe Namath is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Joe Namath Quarterback

4
491 183
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
523 157
Amari Cooper is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time

6
510 167
Derrick Henry is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
jacobvanzandt added Derrick Henry

7
546 170
Mark Ingram, Sr. is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Mark Ingram, Jr. Wide receiver

8
436 132
Ozzie Newsome is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Ozzie Newsome Tight end

9
471 151
Ken Stabler is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Ken Stabler Quarterback

10
368 72
Bart Starr is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Jimmy Ray Thomason added Bart Starr Quarterback

11
479 139
Dont'a Hightower is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Dont'a Hightower Linebacker

12
341 109
Cornelius Bennett is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Cornelius Bennett Linebacker

13
360 121
John Hannah is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
John Hannah Guard

14
239 56
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

15
289 110
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

16
260 109
Marcell Dareus is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Marcell Dareus Defensive tackle

17
421 219
Eddie Lacy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Eddie Lacy Running back

18
390 224
AJ McCarron is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
AJ McCarron Quarterback

19
239 95
Lee Roy Jordan is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Lee Roy Jordan Linebacker, Center

20
354 204
Trent Richardson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Trent Richardson Running back

21
235 110
Rolando McClain is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Rolando McClain Linebacker

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22
217 95
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
184 79
DeMeco Ryans is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
DeMeco Ryans Linebacker

24
178 87
Dre Kirkpatrick is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Dre Kirkpatrick Cornerback, Defensive back

25
188 86
Mark Barron is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Mark Barron Safety

26
156 94
David Palmer is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
David Palmer Return specialist, Kickoff returner, Wide receiver

27
171 89
Bobby Humphrey is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Bobby Humphrey Running back

28
152 81
Dwight Stephenson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time

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29
150 86
Chris Samuels is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Chris Samuels Tackle

30
92 17
Landon Collins is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Jackson_tilzer added Landon Collins

31
146 82
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
154 90
D.J. Fluker is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time

33
124 67
Barrett Jones is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
bamafett added Barrett Jones Guard

34
100 62
John Copeland is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
John Copeland Defensive tackle, Lineman, Defensive end

35
133 77
Antonio Langham is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Antonio Langham Cornerback

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36
140 81
Johnny Musso is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Johnny Musso Running back

37
103 61
Barry Krauss is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Barry Krauss Linebacker

38
99 62
Marty Lyons is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Marty Lyons Defensive tackle, Defensive end, Tackle

39
107 62
Andre Smith is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Andre Smith Tackle

40
117 79
Chance Warmack is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time

41
106 69
Billy Neighbors is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Billy Neighbors Offensive Lineman, Guard

42
101 65
Woodrow Lowe is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Woodrow Lowe Linebacker

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43
103 77
Eric Curry is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Eric Curry Defensive end

44
143 97
Terrence Cody is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Terrence Cody Nose tackle

45
95 69
E.J. Junior is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
E.J. Junior Linebacker

46
65 16
Jonathan Allen is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
dikembe37 added Jonathan Allen

47
61 13
Bear Bryant is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
dikembe37 added Bear Bryant End

48
122 89
Greg McElroy is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Greg McElroy Quarterback

49
96 66
Jeremiah Castille is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Jeremiah Castille Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back

50
84 69
Keith McCants is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Keith McCants Defensive end, Linebacker