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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1,163 410
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
1,010 254
Derrick Thomas is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Derrick Thomas Linebacker

3
1,023 265
Joe Namath is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Joe Namath Quarterback

4
626 240
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
680 242
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
622 189
Ken Stabler is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Ken Stabler Quarterback

7
569 153
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
688 200
Amari Cooper is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time

9
664 226
Derrick Henry is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
jacobvanzandt added Derrick Henry

10
589 182
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

11
499 97
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
436 137
Cornelius Bennett is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Cornelius Bennett Linebacker

13
328 80
C.J. Mosley is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Seth Henks added C.J. Mosley

14
446 165
John Hannah is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
John Hannah Guard

15
506 271
Eddie Lacy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Eddie Lacy Running back

16
319 145
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
345 147
Don Hutson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Don Hutson End, Safety, Wide receiver

18
485 285
AJ McCarron is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
AJ McCarron Quarterback

19
435 252
Trent Richardson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Trent Richardson Running back

20
302 144
Rolando McClain is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Rolando McClain Linebacker

21
268 119
Courtney Upshaw is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Courtney Upshaw Outside Linebacker, Linebacker

22
302 123
Lee Roy Jordan is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Lee Roy Jordan Linebacker, Center

23
200 116
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

24
223 103
DeMeco Ryans is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
DeMeco Ryans Linebacker

25
216 112
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
225 116
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
230 105
Mark Barron is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Mark Barron Safety

28
175 94
Antonio Langham is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Antonio Langham Cornerback

29
183 104
Dwight Stephenson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time

30
179 105
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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156 87
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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122 80
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

33
131 16
Minkah Fitzpatick is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
MateoArrizabalaga added Minkah Fitzpatick DB

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180 112
D.J. Fluker is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time

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160 31
Landon Collins is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Jackson_tilzer added Landon Collins

36
171 106
Javier Arenas is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Javier Arenas Cornerback, Return specialist, Defensive back

37
124 96
Eric Curry is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Eric Curry Defensive end

38
126 76
Barry Krauss is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Barry Krauss Linebacker

39
117 87
E.J. Junior is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
E.J. Junior Linebacker

40
167 94
Johnny Musso is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Johnny Musso Running back

41
148 119
Greg McElroy is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Greg McElroy Quarterback

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121 79
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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116 78
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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177 114
Terrence Cody is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Terrence Cody Nose tackle

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134 101
Chance Warmack is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time

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106 113
Jay Barker is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time

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119 88
Billy Neighbors is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Billy Neighbors Offensive Lineman, Guard

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118 79
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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112 21
Bear Bryant is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
dikembe37 added Bear Bryant End

50
99 88
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