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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1
1,241 450
Julio Jones is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

2
1,076 284
Derrick Thomas is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

3
1,102 283
Joe Namath is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

4
666 267
Shaun Alexander is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Running back

5
727 267
Mark Ingram, Sr. is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

6
658 212
Ken Stabler is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

7
604 167
Ozzie Newsome is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Tight end

8
709 246
Derrick Henry is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
jacobvanzandt added Running back

9
729 220
Amari Cooper is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

10
623 201
Dont'a Hightower is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

11
543 111
Bart Starr is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Jimmy Ray Thomason added Quarterback

12
459 154
Cornelius Bennett is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

13
356 97
C.J. Mosley is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Seth Henks added Linebacker

14
476 177
John Hannah is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Guard

15
365 159
Don Hutson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
End, Safety, Wide receiver

16
527 291
Eddie Lacy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Running back

17
331 160
Marcell Dareus is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Defensive tackle

18
453 269
Trent Richardson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Running back

19
512 317
AJ McCarron is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

20
318 158
Rolando McClain is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

21
323 135
Lee Roy Jordan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Linebacker, Center

22
283 131
Courtney Upshaw is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Outside Linebacker, Linebacker

23
209 130
David Palmer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Return specialist, Kickoff returner, Wide receiver

24
232 117
DeMeco Ryans is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

25
232 124
Bobby Humphrey is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Running back

26
242 132
Dre Kirkpatrick is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Cornerback, Defensive back

27
164 22
Minkah Fitzpatick is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
MateoArrizabalaga added Minkah Fitzpatick Defensive back

28
243 116
Mark Barron is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Safety

29
187 108
Antonio Langham is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Cornerback

30
191 119
Dwight Stephenson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time

31
189 38
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 Safety

32
166 100
Barrett Jones is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
bamafett added Guard

33
186 120
Chris Samuels is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Tackle

34
128 94
John Copeland is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Defensive tackle, Lineman, Defensive end

35
181 116
Javier Arenas is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Cornerback, Return specialist, Defensive back

36
183 126
D.J. Fluker is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Guard

37
130 108
Eric Curry is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Defensive end

38
133 87
Barry Krauss is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

39
178 105
Johnny Musso is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Running back

40
120 99
E.J. Junior is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

41
159 132
Greg McElroy is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

42
188 122
Terrence Cody is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Nose tackle

43
132 29
Bear Bryant is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
dikembe37 added Defensive end

44
126 90
Woodrow Lowe is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

45
113 122
Jay Barker is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

46
141 110
Chance Warmack is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time

47
120 90
Marty Lyons is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Defensive tackle, Defensive end, Tackle

48
125 88
Jeremiah Castille is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back

49
134 84
Andre Smith is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Tackle

50
105 96
Keith McCants is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Defensive end, Linebacker