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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
897 262
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
732 193
Derrick Thomas is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Derrick Thomas Linebacker

3
741 201
Joe Namath is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Joe Namath Quarterback

4
489 141
Amari Cooper is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time

5
457 173
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
515 155
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
475 150
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
448 128
Dont'a Hightower is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Dont'a Hightower Linebacker

9
436 140
Ken Stabler is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Ken Stabler Quarterback

10
404 126
Ozzie Newsome is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Ozzie Newsome Tight end

11
330 65
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
320 101
Cornelius Bennett is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Cornelius Bennett Linebacker

13
337 110
John Hannah is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
John Hannah Guard

14
219 46
C.J. Mosley is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Seth Henks added C.J. Mosley

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15
276 101
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
406 205
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
246 101
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
372 202
AJ McCarron is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
AJ McCarron Quarterback

19
335 185
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
230 87
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
221 96
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
208 86
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
178 70
DeMeco Ryans is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
DeMeco Ryans Linebacker

24
151 83
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
177 78
Mark Barron is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Mark Barron Safety

26
164 80
Bobby Humphrey is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Bobby Humphrey Running back

27
167 80
Dre Kirkpatrick is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Dre Kirkpatrick Cornerback, Defensive back

28
147 73
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
144 78
Chris Samuels is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Chris Samuels Tackle

30
139 74
Javier Arenas is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Javier Arenas Cornerback, Return specialist, Defensive back

31
73 10
Landon Collins is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Jackson_tilzer added Landon Collins

32
146 83
D.J. Fluker is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time

33
116 60
Barrett Jones is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
bamafett added Barrett Jones Guard

34
95 55
John Copeland is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
John Copeland Defensive tackle, Lineman, Defensive end

35
127 70
Antonio Langham is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Antonio Langham Cornerback

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36
135 76
Johnny Musso is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Johnny Musso Running back

37
97 56
Barry Krauss is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Barry Krauss Linebacker

38
138 86
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
98 58
Woodrow Lowe is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Woodrow Lowe Linebacker

40
101 55
Andre Smith is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Andre Smith Tackle

41
112 73
Chance Warmack is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time

42
100 70
Eric Curry is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Eric Curry Defensive end

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43
102 64
Billy Neighbors is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Billy Neighbors Offensive Lineman, Guard

44
92 56
Marty Lyons is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Marty Lyons Defensive tackle, Defensive end, Tackle

45
91 61
E.J. Junior is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
E.J. Junior Linebacker

46
112 80
Greg McElroy is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Greg McElroy Quarterback

47
91 61
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
53 10
Jonathan Allen is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
dikembe37 added Jonathan Allen

49
77 55
Pat Trammell is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time

50
79 62
Keith McCants is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Keith McCants Defensive end, Linebacker