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The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time 

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List Rules Upvote 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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Derrick Thomas is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Linebacker from Miami

Age: Died at 33 (1967-2000)

Teams: Alabama Crimson Tide Football, Kansas City Chiefs

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Julio Jones is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
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Joe Namath is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Quarterback from Beaver Falls

Age: 72

Teams: Los Angeles Rams, Alabama Crimson Tide Football, New York Jets

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#20 of 217 The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time #85 of 1,536 The Best Football Players Ever

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Amari Cooper is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
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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 from Gaston

Age: 50

Teams: Green Bay Packers, Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles, New York Giants

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Derrick Henry is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
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Bart Starr is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Jimmy Ray Thomason added Quarterback from Montgomery

Age: 81

Teams: Alabama Crimson Tide Football, Green Bay Packers

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#1,255 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #13 of 217 The Best Quarterbacks Of All Timelisted on Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative

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Ken Stabler is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Quarterback from Foley

Age: 70

Teams: New Orleans Saints, Houston Oilers, Alabama Crimson Tide Football, Oakland Raiders

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#1,978 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #96 of 1,536 The Best Football Players Ever

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

Age: 59

Teams: Cleveland Browns

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#171 of 1,536 The Best Football Players Ever #2 of 25 The Best NFL Tight Ends of the '80s

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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 from Lewisburg

Age: 25

Teams: New England Patriots

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#582 of 1,536 The Best Football Players Ever #227 of 519 The Greatest Defenders in NFL History #132 of 155 The Greatest Linebackers of All Time

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Shaun Alexander is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Running back from Florence

Age: 38

Teams: Seattle Seahawks, Washington Redskins, Alabama Crimson Tide Football

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C.J. Mosley is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Seth Henks added

Age: 23

Teams: Alabama Crimson Tide Football

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Cornelius Bennett is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
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John Hannah is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Guard from Canton

Age: 64

Teams: Alabama Crimson Tide Football

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#196 of 1,536 The Best Football Players Ever #7 of 235 The Best New England Patriots Of All Time

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Don Hutson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
End and Safety from Pine Bluff

Age: Died at 84 (1913-1997)

Teams: Green Bay Packers

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#2,036 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #22 of 248 The Best Wide Receivers of All Time #32 of 56 The Best College Football Wide Receivers of All Time

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

Age: 25

Teams: Alabama Crimson Tide Football, Green Bay Packers

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#120 of 192 The Best NFL Running Backs of All Time #12 of 31 Athletes Who Are Clearly No Longer Focused on the Game

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Minkah Fitzpatick is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
MateoArrizabalaga added Minkah Fitzpatick
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Lee Roy Jordan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Lee Roy Jordan Linebacker and Center from Excel

Age: 74

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#173 of 347 People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame #564 of 1,536 The Best Football Players Ever

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

Age: 24

Teams: Indianapolis Colts, Alabama Crimson Tide Football, Cleveland Browns

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Marcell Dareus is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Defensive tackle from Birmingham

Age: 25

Teams: Buffalo Bills, Alabama Crimson Tide Football

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#1,035 of 1,536 The Best Football Players Ever #67 of 89 The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time #16 of 50 The Best Athletes Who Wore #99

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Landon Collins is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
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Calvin Ridley is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
LuckyDarth123 added

Teams: Atlanta Falcons

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Rolando McClain is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Linebacker from Decatur

Age: 26

Teams: Oakland Raiders, Baltimore Ravens

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AJ McCarron is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Quarterback from Mobile

Age: 25

Teams: Alabama Crimson Tide Football

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Courtney Upshaw is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Outside Linebacker and Linebacker from Eufaula

Age: 26

Teams: Alabama Crimson Tide Football, Baltimore Ravens

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