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
1,239 447
Julio Jones is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

2
1,072 283
Derrick Thomas is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

3
1,098 282
Joe Namath is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

4
664 264
Shaun Alexander is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Running back

5
726 264
Mark Ingram, Sr. is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

6
656 211
Ken Stabler is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

7
600 167
Ozzie Newsome is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Tight end

8
706 245
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
726 219
Amari Cooper is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

10
621 199
Dont'a Hightower is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

11
540 111
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
457 153
Cornelius Bennett is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

13
354 96
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
473 177
John Hannah is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Guard

15
526 289
Eddie Lacy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Running back

16
362 159
Don Hutson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
End, Safety, Wide receiver

17
330 159
Marcell Dareus is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Defensive tackle

18
452 267
Trent Richardson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Running back

19
511 316
AJ McCarron is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

20
318 157
Rolando McClain is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

21
321 135
Lee Roy Jordan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Linebacker, Center

22
282 130
Courtney Upshaw is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Outside Linebacker, Linebacker

23
209 129
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
231 116
DeMeco Ryans is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

25
232 122
Bobby Humphrey is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Running back

26
240 131
Dre Kirkpatrick is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Cornerback, Defensive back

27
162 21
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
243 115
Mark Barron is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Safety

29
186 107
Antonio Langham is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Cornerback

30
190 118
Dwight Stephenson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time

31
188 37
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
186 119
Chris Samuels is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Tackle

33
165 99
Barrett Jones is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
bamafett added Guard

34
128 93
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
180 115
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
183 125
D.J. Fluker is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Guard

37
130 107
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
177 105
Johnny Musso is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Running back

40
119 99
E.J. Junior is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

41
157 132
Greg McElroy is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

42
187 122
Terrence Cody is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Nose tackle

43
131 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
112 122
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
124 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
105 96
Keith McCants is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Defensive end, Linebacker

50
133 84
Andre Smith is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Tackle