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The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time

Updated May 20, 2020 70.0k votes 6.5k voters 160.4k views91 items

List RulesUpvote your favorite University of Alabama football players. No coaches should be included. Neither should Forrest Gump

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

    Linebacker

    BirthplaceMiami, Florida

    AgeDec. at 33 (1967-2000)

    TeamsAlabama Crimson Tide Football, Kansas City Chiefs

  • 2
    Derrick Henry is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
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    Derrick Henry

    Running back

    TeamsTennessee Titans

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  • 3
    Amari Cooper is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
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    Amari Cooper

    Wide receiver

    BirthplaceMiami, Florida

    Age26

    TeamsDallas Cowboys

  • 4
    Bart Starr is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
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    Bart Starr

    Quarterback

    BirthplaceMontgomery, Alabama

    Age86

    TeamsAlabama Crimson Tide Football, Green Bay Packers

  • 5
    Minkah Fitzpatick is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
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    Minkah Fitzpatick

    Defensive back
  • 6
    Joe Namath is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
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    Joe Namath

    Quarterback

    BirthplaceBeaver Falls, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Age77

    TeamsLos Angeles Rams, Alabama Crimson Tide Football, New York Jets

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  • 7
    Julio Jones is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
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    Julio Jones

    Wide receiver

    BirthplaceFoley, Alabama

    Age31

    TeamsAtlanta Falcons

  • 8
    Ozzie Newsome is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
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    Ozzie Newsome

    Tight end

    BirthplaceMuscle Shoals, Alabama, United States of America

    Age64

    TeamsCleveland Browns

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  • 9
    Calvin Ridley is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
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    Calvin Ridley

    Wide Reciever

    TeamsAtlanta Falcons

    Calvin Ridley is an american football wide receiver in the NFL. He plays for the Atlanta Falcons

  • 10
    C.J. Mosley is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
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    C.J. Mosley

    Linebacker

    BirthplaceTheodore, Alabama

    Age28

    TeamsAlabama Crimson Tide Football

  • 11
    Mark Ingram, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
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    Mark Ingram, Jr.

    Wide receiver

    BirthplaceGaston, North Carolina

    Age55

    TeamsGreen Bay Packers, Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles, New York Giants

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  • 12
    Landon Collins is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
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    Landon Collins

    Safety

    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana

    Age26

  • 13
    Dont'a Hightower is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
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    Dont'a Hightower

    Linebacker

    BirthplaceLewisburg, Tennessee

    Age30

    TeamsNew England Patriots

  • 14
    Ken Stabler is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
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    Ken Stabler

    Quarterback

    BirthplaceFoley, Alabama

    Age74

    TeamsNew Orleans Saints, Houston Oilers, Alabama Crimson Tide Football, Oakland Raiders

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    Shaun Alexander is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
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    Shaun Alexander

    Running back

    BirthplaceFlorence, Kentucky, United States of America

    Age43

    TeamsSeattle Seahawks, Washington Redskins, Alabama Crimson Tide Football

  • 16
    Cornelius Bennett is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
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    BirthplaceBirmingham, Alabama

    Age55

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    John Hannah is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
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    BirthplaceCanton, Georgia

    Age69

    TeamsAlabama Crimson Tide Football

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  • 18
    HaHa Clinton-Dix is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
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    HaHa Clinton-Dix

  • 19
    Don Hutson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
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    Don Hutson

    End, Safety

    BirthplacePine Bluff, Arkansas, United States of America

    AgeDied at 84 (1913-1997)

    TeamsGreen Bay Packers

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    #1707 of 1,816 The Best Athletes Of All Time#22 of 214 The Best Wide Receivers of All Time

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    Bear Bryant is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
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    Bear Bryant

    Defensive end

    BirthplaceFordyce, Arkansas

    AgeDec. at 70 (1913-1983)

    TeamsAlabama Crimson Tide Football

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  • 21
    Jonathan Allen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
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    Jonathan Allen

    Defensive end
  • 22
    Eddie Lacy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
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    Eddie Lacy

    Running back

    BirthplaceGretna, Louisiana

    Age30

    TeamsAlabama Crimson Tide Football, Green Bay Packers

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    Dre Kirkpatrick is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
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    Dre Kirkpatrick

    Cornerback, Defensive back

    BirthplaceGadsden, Alabama

    Age30

    TeamsAlabama Crimson Tide Football, Cincinnati Bengals

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    Bobby Humphrey is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
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    Bobby Humphrey

    Running back

    BirthplaceBirmingham, Alabama

    Age53

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    Courtney Upshaw is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
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    Courtney Upshaw

    Outside Linebacker, Linebacker

    BirthplaceEufaula, Alabama

    Age30

    TeamsAlabama Crimson Tide Football, Baltimore Ravens

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