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

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853 225
Derrick Thomas is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Derrick Thomas Linebacker

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

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538 207
Shaun Alexander is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Shaun Alexander Running back

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585 199
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

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

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

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

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483 141
Ozzie Newsome is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Ozzie Newsome Tight end

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514 155
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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415 83
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

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374 119
Cornelius Bennett is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Cornelius Bennett Linebacker

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398 137
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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315 125
Don Hutson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Don Hutson End, Safety, Wide receiver

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C.J. Mosley is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Seth Henks added C.J. Mosley

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

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279 124
Marcell Dareus is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Marcell Dareus Defensive tackle

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428 243
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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381 224
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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259 123
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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268 104
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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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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173 99
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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198 90
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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187 97
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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194 98
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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168 88
Dwight Stephenson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time

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Chris Samuels is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Chris Samuels Tackle

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Mark Barron is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Mark Barron Safety

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John Copeland is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
John Copeland Defensive tackle, Lineman, Defensive end

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Antonio Langham is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Antonio Langham Cornerback

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Barrett Jones is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
bamafett added Barrett Jones Guard

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166 98
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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158 90
Javier Arenas is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Javier Arenas Cornerback, Return specialist, Defensive back

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113 81
Eric Curry is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Eric Curry Defensive end

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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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135 98
Greg McElroy is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Greg McElroy Quarterback

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112 65
Barry Krauss is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Barry Krauss Linebacker

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152 84
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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107 67
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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115 76
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

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124 86
Chance Warmack is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time

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Woodrow Lowe is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Woodrow Lowe Linebacker

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

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107 69
Jeremiah Castille is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Jeremiah Castille Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back

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158 103
Terrence Cody is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Terrence Cody Nose tackle

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113 23
Landon Collins is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Jackson_tilzer added Landon Collins

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91 77
Keith McCants is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Keith McCants Defensive end, Linebacker

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117 69
Andre Smith is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Andre Smith Tackle

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Don McNeal is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Don McNeal Cornerback