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
1,443 538
Julio Jones is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

2
1,224 328
Derrick Thomas is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

3
1,309 341
Joe Namath is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

4
783 323
Shaun Alexander is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Running back

5
839 324
Mark Ingram, Sr. is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

6
766 258
Ken Stabler is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

7
857 263
Amari Cooper is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

8
825 297
Derrick Henry is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
jacobvanzandt added Running back

9
692 201
Ozzie Newsome is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Tight end

10
677 136
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
713 237
Dont'a Hightower is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

12
533 188
Cornelius Bennett is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

13
428 128
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
534 213
John Hannah is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Guard

15
417 196
Don Hutson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
End, Safety, Wide receiver

16
596 353
Eddie Lacy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Running back

17
382 197
Marcell Dareus is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Defensive tackle

18
523 325
Trent Richardson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Running back

19
582 392
AJ McCarron is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

20
354 203
Rolando McClain is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

21
372 163
Lee Roy Jordan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Linebacker, Center

22
321 165
Courtney Upshaw is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Outside Linebacker, Linebacker

23
236 164
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
258 148
DeMeco Ryans is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

25
257 39
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

26
283 52
Landon Collins is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Jackson_tilzer added Landon Collins Safety

27
266 153
Bobby Humphrey is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Running back

28
291 164
Dre Kirkpatrick is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Cornerback, Defensive back

29
154 18
Calvin Ridley is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
LuckyDarth123 added Calvin Ridley Wide Reciever

30
216 131
Antonio Langham is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Cornerback

31
276 145
Mark Barron is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Safety

32
215 140
Dwight Stephenson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time

33
212 140
Chris Samuels is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Tackle

34
190 121
Barrett Jones is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
bamafett added Guard

35
138 18
Tua Tagovailoa is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Tua Tagovailoa Quarterback

36
190 41
Bear Bryant is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
dikembe37 added Defensive end

37
143 118
John Copeland is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Defensive tackle, Lineman, Defensive end

38
196 136
Javier Arenas is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Cornerback, Return specialist, Defensive back

39
145 125
Eric Curry is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Defensive end

40
197 146
D.J. Fluker is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Guard

41
197 121
Johnny Musso is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Running back

42
135 116
E.J. Junior is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

43
145 105
Barry Krauss is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

44
207 140
Terrence Cody is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Nose tackle

45
177 159
Greg McElroy is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

46
155 41
Jonathan Allen is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
dikembe37 added Jonathan Allen Defensive end

47
121 111
Keith McCants is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Defensive end, Linebacker

48
126 146
Jay Barker is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

49
158 130
Chance Warmack is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time

50
138 106
Woodrow Lowe is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Linebacker