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The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time

Updated May 20, 2020 69.0k votes 6.7k voters 163.1k 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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  • Derrick Henry1
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    Derrick Henry

    Running back

    TeamsTennessee Titans

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    #28 of 206 The Best NFL Running Backs of All Time#13 of 83 The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time

  • Derrick Thomas2
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    Derrick Thomas

    Linebacker

    BirthplaceMiami, Florida

    AgeDec. at 33 (1967-2000)

    TeamsAlabama Crimson Tide Football, Kansas City Chiefs

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    #26 of 432 The Greatest Defenders in NFL History#7 of 154 The Greatest Linebackers of All Time

  • Amari Cooper3
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    Amari Cooper

    Wide receiver

    BirthplaceMiami, Florida

    Age26

    TeamsDallas Cowboys

  • Bart Starr4
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    398

    Bart Starr

    Quarterback

    BirthplaceMontgomery, Alabama

    Age81

    TeamsAlabama Crimson Tide Football, Green Bay Packers

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    #47 of 150 Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative#978 of 1,427 The Best Athletes Of All Time

  • Julio Jones5
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    Julio Jones

    Wide receiver

    BirthplaceFoley, Alabama

    Age26

    TeamsAtlanta Falcons

  • Joe Namath6
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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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    #463 of 904 Celebrity Death Pool 2021#103 of 329 The Most Obnoxious Athletes

  • Ozzie Newsome7
    1,303
    387

    Ozzie Newsome

    Tight end

    BirthplaceMuscle Shoals, Alabama, United States of America

    Age59

    TeamsCleveland Browns

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    #9 of 87 The Greatest Tight Ends Of All Time#11 of 57 The Best College Football Tight Ends of All Time

  • Minkah Fitzpatick8
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    Minkah Fitzpatick

    Defensive back
  • Calvin Ridley9
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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

  • Mark Ingram, Jr.10
    1,691
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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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    #13 of 54 The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time#235 of 246 The Best Miami Dolphins of All Time

  • C.J. Mosley11
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    C.J. Mosley

    Linebacker

    BirthplaceTheodore, Alabama

    Age28

    TeamsAlabama Crimson Tide Football

  • Ken Stabler12
    1,458
    506

    Ken Stabler

    Quarterback

    BirthplaceFoley, Alabama

    Age70

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

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    #23 of 252 The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time#40 of 80 The Best NFL Player Nicknames

  • Dont'a Hightower13
    1,312
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    Dont'a Hightower

    Linebacker

    BirthplaceLewisburg, Tennessee

    Age30

    TeamsNew England Patriots

  • Landon Collins14
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    Landon Collins

    Safety

    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana

  • Shaun Alexander15
    1,413
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    Shaun Alexander

    Running back

    BirthplaceFlorence, Kentucky, United States of America

    Age43

    TeamsSeattle Seahawks, Washington Redskins, Alabama Crimson Tide Football

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    #151 of 322 People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame#7 of 25 The Best College Running Backs of the 1990s

  • Cornelius Bennett16
    999
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    BirthplaceBirmingham, Alabama

    Age55

  • John Hannah17
    989
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    BirthplaceCanton, Georgia

    Age69

    TeamsAlabama Crimson Tide Football

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    #9 of 246 The Best New England Patriots Of All Time#16 of 60 The Best NFL Players From Georgia

  • Don Hutson18
    770
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    Don Hutson

    End, Safety

    BirthplacePine Bluff, Arkansas, United States of America

    AgeDec. at 84 (1913-1997)

    TeamsGreen Bay Packers

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    #21 of 214 The Best Wide Receivers of All Time#59 of 96 The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time

  • Bear Bryant19
    759
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    Bear Bryant

    Defensive end

    BirthplaceFordyce, Arkansas

    AgeDec. at 70 (1913-1983)

    TeamsAlabama Crimson Tide Football

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    #260 of 432 The Most Important Leaders in U.S. History#2 of 133 The Best College Football Coaches of All Time

  • HaHa Clinton-Dix20
    336
    84

    HaHa Clinton-Dix

  • Eddie Lacy21
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    Eddie Lacy

    Running back

    BirthplaceGretna, Louisiana

    Age30

    TeamsAlabama Crimson Tide Football, Green Bay Packers

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    #961 of 1,323 The Best Football Players Ever#9 of 31 Athletes Who Are Clearly No Longer Focused on the Game

  • Dre Kirkpatrick22
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    Dre Kirkpatrick

    Cornerback, Defensive back

    BirthplaceGadsden, Alabama

    Age30

    TeamsAlabama Crimson Tide Football, Cincinnati Bengals

  • Bobby Humphrey23
    460
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    Bobby Humphrey

    Running back

    BirthplaceBirmingham, Alabama

    Age53

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    #18 of 22 The Best 80s College Running Backs#88 of 106 The Best Denver Broncos of All Time

  • Jonathan Allen24
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    Jonathan Allen

    Defensive end
  • Rolando McClain25
    567
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    Rolando McClain

    Linebacker

    BirthplaceDecatur, Alabama

    Age31

    TeamsOakland Raiders, Baltimore Ravens