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The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time

Updated May 5, 2021 68.1k votes 6.8k voters 164.0k views94 items

List RulesUpvote your favorite University of Alabama football players. No coaches should be included. Neither should Forrest Gump

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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    550

    Derrick Henry

    Running back

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  • 2
    2,162
    653

    Derrick Thomas

    Linebacker

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    #25 of 432 The Greatest Defenders in NFL History#7 of 154 The Greatest Linebackers of All Time

  • 3
    2,380
    770

    Joe Namath

    Quarterback

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  • 4
    2,703
    904

    Julio Jones

    Wide receiver
  • 5
    1,784
    571

    Amari Cooper

    Wide receiver
  • 6
    1,567
    401

    Bart Starr

    Quarterback

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  • 7
    1,293
    377

    Ozzie Newsome

    Tight end
  • 8
    1,667
    579

    Mark Ingram, Jr.

    Wide receiver

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  • 9
    833
    214

    Calvin Ridley

    Wide Reciever

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  • 10
    1,445
    499

    Ken Stabler

    Quarterback

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  • 11
    1,005
    327

    C.J. Mosley

    Linebacker
  • 12
    1,291
    452

    Dont'a Hightower

    Linebacker
  • 13
    824
    240

    Landon Collins

    Safety
  • 14
    1,399
    558

    Shaun Alexander

    Running back

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    #152 of 322 People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame#7 of 25 The Best College Running Backs of the 1990s

  • 15
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    373
  • 16
    981
    374

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  • 17
    759
    351

    Don Hutson

    End, Safety
  • 18
    761
    182

    Bear Bryant

    Defensive end

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    925
    602

    Eddie Lacy

    Running back

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    342
    90

    HaHa Clinton-Dix

  • 21
    456
    254

    Bobby Humphrey

    Running back

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  • 22
    481
    290

    Dre Kirkpatrick

    Cornerback, Defensive back
  • 23
    561
    354

    Rolando McClain

    Linebacker
  • 24
    489
    163

    Jonathan Allen

    Defensive end
  • 25
    698
    287

    Lee Roy Jordan

    Linebacker, Center