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
1,343 488
Julio Jones is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

2
1,207 308
Joe Namath is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

3
1,146 305
Derrick Thomas is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

4
732 287
Shaun Alexander is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Running back

5
782 295
Mark Ingram, Sr. is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

6
711 230
Ken Stabler is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

7
652 179
Ozzie Newsome is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Tight end

8
764 266
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
789 244
Amari Cooper is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

10
611 121
Bart Starr is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Jimmy Ray Thomason added Quarterback

11
667 219
Dont'a Hightower is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

12
501 170
Cornelius Bennett is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

13
395 114
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
498 196
John Hannah is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Guard

15
392 176
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
563 322
Eddie Lacy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Running back

17
358 176
Marcell Dareus is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Defensive tackle

18
486 295
Trent Richardson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Running back

19
544 354
AJ McCarron is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

20
339 180
Rolando McClain is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

21
343 146
Lee Roy Jordan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Linebacker, Center

22
304 146
Courtney Upshaw is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Outside Linebacker, Linebacker

23
221 144
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
244 130
DeMeco Ryans is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

25
251 133
Bobby Humphrey is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Running back

26
265 149
Dre Kirkpatrick is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Cornerback, Defensive back

27
203 31
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
225 44
Landon Collins is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Jackson_tilzer added Landon Collins Safety

29
260 130
Mark Barron is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Safety

30
198 118
Antonio Langham is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Cornerback

31
199 130
Dwight Stephenson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time

32
194 129
Chris Samuels is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Tackle

33
176 110
Barrett Jones is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
bamafett added Guard

34
137 104
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
190 124
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
140 113
Eric Curry is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Defensive end

37
107 11
Calvin Ridley is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
LuckyDarth123 added Calvin Ridley Wide Reciever

38
192 136
D.J. Fluker is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Guard

39
157 33
Bear Bryant is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
dikembe37 added Defensive end

40
129 108
E.J. Junior is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

41
187 113
Johnny Musso is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Running back

42
140 99
Barry Krauss is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

43
167 148
Greg McElroy is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

44
198 133
Terrence Cody is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Nose tackle

45
121 134
Jay Barker is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

46
150 122
Chance Warmack is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time

47
134 97
Jeremiah Castille is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back

48
130 101
Woodrow Lowe is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

49
113 106
Keith McCants is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Defensive end, Linebacker

50
63 5
Tua Tagovailoa is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Tua Tagovailoa Quarterback