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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
631 164
Derrick Thomas is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Derrick Thomas Linebacker

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2
756 230
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
645 171
Joe Namath is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Joe Namath Quarterback

4
399 111
Amari Cooper is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time

5
395 148
Shaun Alexander is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Shaun Alexander Running back

6
387 117
Derrick Henry is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
jacobvanzandt added Derrick Henry

7
436 131
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
353 103
Ozzie Newsome is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Ozzie Newsome Tight end

9
383 106
Dont'a Hightower is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Dont'a Hightower Linebacker

10
390 125
Ken Stabler is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Ken Stabler Quarterback

11
275 47
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
308 92
John Hannah is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
John Hannah Guard

13
281 87
Cornelius Bennett is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Cornelius Bennett Linebacker

14
372 165
Eddie Lacy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Eddie Lacy Running back

15
244 84
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

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16
168 29
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
219 84
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
295 150
Trent Richardson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Trent Richardson Running back

19
324 170
AJ McCarron is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
AJ McCarron Quarterback

20
208 73
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
198 81
Rolando McClain is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Rolando McClain Linebacker

22
193 71
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
166 55
DeMeco Ryans is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
DeMeco Ryans Linebacker

24
136 71
David Palmer is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
David Palmer Return specialist, Kickoff returner, Wide receiver

25
149 65
Dre Kirkpatrick is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Dre Kirkpatrick Cornerback, Defensive back

26
158 65
Mark Barron is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Mark Barron Safety

27
152 70
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
132 61
Dwight Stephenson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time

29
131 60
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

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30
131 67
Chris Samuels is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Chris Samuels Tackle

31
135 69
D.J. Fluker is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time

32
103 49
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
117 58
Antonio Langham is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Antonio Langham Cornerback

34
126 65
Johnny Musso is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Johnny Musso Running back

35
91 44
Barry Krauss is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Barry Krauss Linebacker

36
85 47
John Copeland is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
John Copeland Defensive tackle, Lineman, Defensive end

37
129 71
Terrence Cody is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Terrence Cody Nose tackle

38
104 58
Chance Warmack is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time

39
90 46
Woodrow Lowe is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Woodrow Lowe Linebacker

40
96 60
Eric Curry is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Eric Curry Defensive end

41
94 52
Billy Neighbors is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Billy Neighbors Offensive Lineman, Guard

42
36 3
Landon Collins is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Jackson_tilzer added Landon Collins

43
93 47
Andre Smith is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Andre Smith Tackle

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44
83 52
E.J. Junior is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
E.J. Junior Linebacker

45
82 48
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
101 67
Greg McElroy is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Greg McElroy Quarterback

47
73 46
Pat Trammell is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time

48
82 52
Jeremiah Castille is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Jeremiah Castille Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back

49
74 53
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
78 70
Jay Barker is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time