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

2
849 225
Derrick Thomas is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Derrick Thomas Linebacker

3
865 238
Joe Namath is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Joe Namath Quarterback

4
537 207
Shaun Alexander is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Shaun Alexander Running back

5
529 165
Ken Stabler is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Ken Stabler Quarterback

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583 199
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
559 190
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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578 175
Amari Cooper is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time

9
482 141
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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413 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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372 119
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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397 137
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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314 125
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

The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time

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447 240
Eddie Lacy is listed (or ranked) 15 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) 16 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Marcell Dareus Defensive tackle

17
427 243
AJ McCarron is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
AJ McCarron Quarterback

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268 63
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

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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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258 123
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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267 104
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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233 106
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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172 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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186 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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167 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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165 92
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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202 93
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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110 66
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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136 73
Barrett Jones is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
bamafett added Barrett Jones Guard

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165 98
D.J. Fluker is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time

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156 90
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

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113 81
Eric Curry is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Eric Curry Defensive end

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108 74
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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146 80
Antonio Langham is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Antonio Langham Cornerback

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111 65
Barry Krauss is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Barry Krauss Linebacker

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151 84
Johnny Musso is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Johnny Musso Running back

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106 67
Marty Lyons is listed (or ranked) 39 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) 40 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) 41 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time

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108 69
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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94 97
Jay Barker is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time

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106 69
Jeremiah Castille is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Jeremiah Castille Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back

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113 23
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

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157 103
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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90 77
Keith McCants is listed (or ranked) 47 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) 48 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Andre Smith Tackle

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133 98
Greg McElroy is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Greg McElroy Quarterback

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68 60
Don McNeal is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Don McNeal Cornerback