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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
663 172
Derrick Thomas is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Derrick Thomas Linebacker

2
798 241
Julio Jones is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Julio Jones Wide receiver

3
675 180
Joe Namath is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Joe Namath Quarterback

4
425 120
Amari Cooper is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time

5
416 125
Derrick Henry is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
jacobvanzandt added Derrick Henry

6
417 157
Shaun Alexander is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Shaun Alexander Running back

7
461 139
Mark Ingram, Sr. is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Mark Ingram, Jr. Wide receiver

8
406 129
Ken Stabler is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Ken Stabler Quarterback

9
371 112
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
398 113
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
288 53
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
292 91
Cornelius Bennett is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Cornelius Bennett Linebacker

13
316 98
John Hannah is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
John Hannah Guard

14
381 174
Eddie Lacy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Eddie Lacy Running back

The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time

15
252 89
Don Hutson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Don Hutson End, Safety, Wide receiver

16
185 34
C.J. Mosley is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Seth Henks added C.J. Mosley

17
225 89
Marcell Dareus is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Marcell Dareus Defensive tackle

18
337 179
AJ McCarron is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
AJ McCarron Quarterback

19
305 160
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
216 79
Lee Roy Jordan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Lee Roy Jordan Linebacker, Center

21
204 87
Rolando McClain is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Rolando McClain Linebacker

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22
199 75
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
170 60
DeMeco Ryans is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
DeMeco Ryans Linebacker

24
155 68
Dre Kirkpatrick is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Dre Kirkpatrick Cornerback, Defensive back

25
140 75
David Palmer is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
David Palmer Return specialist, Kickoff returner, Wide receiver

26
160 68
Mark Barron is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Mark Barron Safety

27
154 74
Bobby Humphrey is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Bobby Humphrey Running back

28
140 64
Dwight Stephenson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time

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29
133 64
Javier Arenas is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Javier Arenas Cornerback, Return specialist, Defensive back

30
136 70
Chris Samuels is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Chris Samuels Tackle

31
136 72
D.J. Fluker is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time

32
108 51
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

33
130 67
Johnny Musso is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Johnny Musso Running back

34
119 61
Antonio Langham is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Antonio Langham Cornerback

35
87 50
John Copeland is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
John Copeland Defensive tackle, Lineman, Defensive end

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36
93 48
Barry Krauss is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Barry Krauss Linebacker

37
95 50
Woodrow Lowe is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Woodrow Lowe Linebacker

38
130 76
Terrence Cody is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Terrence Cody Nose tackle

39
104 62
Chance Warmack is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time

40
97 56
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
50 6
Landon Collins is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Jackson_tilzer added Landon Collins

42
96 63
Eric Curry is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Eric Curry Defensive end

The Most Underrated College Football Player

43
85 54
E.J. Junior is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
E.J. Junior Linebacker

44
94 50
Andre Smith is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Andre Smith Tackle

45
86 50
Marty Lyons is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Marty Lyons Defensive tackle, Defensive end, Tackle

46
103 70
Greg McElroy is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Greg McElroy Quarterback

47
85 54
Jeremiah Castille is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Jeremiah Castille Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back

48
75 49
Pat Trammell is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time

49
75 56
Keith McCants is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Keith McCants Defensive end, Linebacker

50
77 57
Harry Gilmer is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Harry Gilmer Halfback, Quarterback, Defensive back