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
1,496 392
Joe Namath is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

2
1,617 620
Julio Jones is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

3
1,352 369
Derrick Thomas is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

4
866 372
Shaun Alexander is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Running back

5
943 369
Mark Ingram, Sr. is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

6
860 291
Ken Stabler is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

7
936 322
Derrick Henry is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
jacobvanzandt added Running back

8
981 293
Amari Cooper is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

9
767 227
Ozzie Newsome is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Tight end

10
778 156
Bart Starr is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Jimmy Ray Thomason added Quarterback

11
791 266
Dont'a Hightower is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

12
598 210
Cornelius Bennett is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

13
504 138
C.J. Mosley is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Seth Henks added Linebacker

14
468 210
Don Hutson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
End, Safety, Wide receiver

15
587 233
John Hannah is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Guard

16
416 213
Marcell Dareus is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Defensive tackle

17
649 389
Eddie Lacy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Running back

18
570 366
Trent Richardson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Running back

19
641 443
AJ McCarron is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

20
386 221
Rolando McClain is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

21
407 177
Lee Roy Jordan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Linebacker, Center

22
347 178
Courtney Upshaw is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Outside Linebacker, Linebacker

23
261 179
David Palmer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Return specialist, Kickoff returner, Wide receiver

24
353 57
Landon Collins is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Jackson_tilzer added Safety

25
332 50
Minkah Fitzpatick is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
MateoArrizabalaga added Minkah Fitzpatick Defensive back