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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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971 301
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
800 216
Derrick Thomas is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Derrick Thomas Linebacker

3
822 223
Joe Namath is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Joe Namath Quarterback

4
509 191
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
494 155
Ken Stabler is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Ken Stabler Quarterback

6
558 181
Mark Ingram, Sr. is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Mark Ingram, Jr. Wide receiver

7
526 178
Derrick Henry is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
jacobvanzandt added Derrick Henry

8
542 165
Amari Cooper is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time

9
459 135
Ozzie Newsome is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Ozzie Newsome Tight end

10
493 144
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
391 75
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
351 112
Cornelius Bennett is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Cornelius Bennett Linebacker

13
370 128
John Hannah is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
John Hannah Guard

14
297 118
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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15
267 115
Marcell Dareus is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Marcell Dareus Defensive tackle

16
430 228
Eddie Lacy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Eddie Lacy Running back

17
403 232
AJ McCarron is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
AJ McCarron Quarterback

18
248 60
C.J. Mosley is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Seth Henks added C.J. Mosley

19
362 215
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
244 114
Rolando McClain is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Rolando McClain Linebacker

21
246 101
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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223 99
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

23
161 97
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
189 83
DeMeco Ryans is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
DeMeco Ryans Linebacker

25
176 92
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
182 91
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
193 88
Mark Barron is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Mark Barron Safety

28
154 85
Dwight Stephenson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time

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152 89
Chris Samuels is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Chris Samuels Tackle

30
129 70
Barrett Jones is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
bamafett added Barrett Jones Guard

31
101 64
John Copeland is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
John Copeland Defensive tackle, Lineman, Defensive end

32
158 92
D.J. Fluker is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time

33
148 86
Javier Arenas is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Javier Arenas Cornerback, Return specialist, Defensive back

34
105 78
Eric Curry is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Eric Curry Defensive end

35
97 70
E.J. Junior is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
E.J. Junior Linebacker

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121 79
Chance Warmack is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time

37
104 62
Barry Krauss is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Barry Krauss Linebacker

38
101 63
Marty Lyons is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Marty Lyons Defensive tackle, Defensive end, Tackle

39
135 78
Antonio Langham is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Antonio Langham Cornerback

40
107 70
Billy Neighbors is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Billy Neighbors Offensive Lineman, Guard

41
142 82
Johnny Musso is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Johnny Musso Running back

42
102 66
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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89 92
Jay Barker is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time

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87 70
Keith McCants is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Keith McCants Defensive end, Linebacker

45
103 18
Landon Collins is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Jackson_tilzer added Landon Collins

46
149 97
Terrence Cody is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Terrence Cody Nose tackle

47
110 63
Andre Smith is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Andre Smith Tackle

48
127 92
Greg McElroy is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Greg McElroy Quarterback

49
98 67
Jeremiah Castille is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Jeremiah Castille Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back

50
65 55
Don McNeal is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Don McNeal Cornerback