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
1,568 600
Julio Jones is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

2
1,436 381
Joe Namath is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

3
1,316 360
Derrick Thomas is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

4
841 359
Shaun Alexander is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Running back

5
912 353
Mark Ingram, Sr. is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

6
830 277
Ken Stabler is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

7
898 313
Derrick Henry is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
jacobvanzandt added Running back

8
943 285
Amari Cooper is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

9
741 218
Ozzie Newsome is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Tight end

10
741 149
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
764 253
Dont'a Hightower is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

12
578 199
Cornelius Bennett is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

13
477 135
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
575 228
John Hannah is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Guard

15
453 206
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
630 372
Eddie Lacy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Running back

17
402 208
Marcell Dareus is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Defensive tackle

18
556 352
Trent Richardson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Running back

19
623 424
AJ McCarron is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

20
377 213
Rolando McClain is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

21
397 172
Lee Roy Jordan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Linebacker, Center

22
337 174
Courtney Upshaw is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Outside Linebacker, Linebacker

23
253 174
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
329 55
Landon Collins is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Jackson_tilzer added Safety

25
280 156
DeMeco Ryans is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

26
306 49
Minkah Fitzpatick is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
MateoArrizabalaga added Minkah Fitzpatick Defensive back

27
215 25
Calvin Ridley is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
LuckyDarth123 added Calvin Ridley Wide Reciever

28
288 158
Bobby Humphrey is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Running back

29
309 175
Dre Kirkpatrick is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Cornerback, Defensive back

30
229 138
Antonio Langham is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Cornerback

31
210 38
Tua Tagovailoa is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Tua Tagovailoa Quarterback

32
232 149
Dwight Stephenson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time

33
228 149
Chris Samuels is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Tackle

34
227 48
Bear Bryant is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
dikembe37 added Defensive end

35
287 154
Mark Barron is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Safety

36
196 133
Barrett Jones is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
bamafett added Guard

37
151 126
John Copeland is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Defensive tackle, Lineman, Defensive end

38
153 133
Eric Curry is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Defensive end

39
182 43
Jonathan Allen is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
dikembe37 added Jonathan Allen Defensive end

40
203 144
Javier Arenas is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Cornerback, Return specialist, Defensive back

41
206 155
D.J. Fluker is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Guard

42
206 125
Johnny Musso is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Running back

43
140 121
E.J. Junior is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

44
150 109
Barry Krauss is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

45
189 168
Greg McElroy is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

46
214 144
Terrence Cody is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Nose tackle

47
95 45
George Teague is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
dikembe37 added Safety, Defensive back

48
166 133
Chance Warmack is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time

49
134 152
Jay Barker is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

50
145 109
Woodrow Lowe is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Linebacker