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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1,159 405
Julio Jones is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Julio Jones Wide receiver

2
1,002 252
Derrick Thomas is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Derrick Thomas Linebacker

3
1,017 264
Joe Namath is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Joe Namath Quarterback

4
622 238
Shaun Alexander is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Shaun Alexander Running back

5
675 241
Mark Ingram, Sr. is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Mark Ingram, Jr. Wide receiver

6
618 188
Ken Stabler is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Ken Stabler Quarterback

7
563 153
Ozzie Newsome is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Ozzie Newsome Tight end

8
658 225
Derrick Henry is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
jacobvanzandt added Derrick Henry

9
682 200
Amari Cooper is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time

10
587 181
Dont'a Hightower is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Dont'a Hightower Linebacker

11
497 96
Bart Starr is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Jimmy Ray Thomason added Bart Starr Quarterback

12
433 136
Cornelius Bennett is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Cornelius Bennett Linebacker

13
325 80
C.J. Mosley is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Seth Henks added C.J. Mosley

14
442 165
John Hannah is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
John Hannah Guard

15
345 145
Don Hutson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Don Hutson End, Safety, Wide receiver

16
502 270
Eddie Lacy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Eddie Lacy Running back

17
316 143
Marcell Dareus is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Marcell Dareus Defensive tackle

18
433 251
Trent Richardson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Trent Richardson Running back

19
482 285
AJ McCarron is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
AJ McCarron Quarterback

20
300 142
Rolando McClain is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Rolando McClain Linebacker

21
301 121
Lee Roy Jordan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Lee Roy Jordan Linebacker, Center

22
267 118
Courtney Upshaw is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Courtney Upshaw Outside Linebacker, Linebacker

23
200 114
David Palmer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
David Palmer Return specialist, Kickoff returner, Wide receiver

24
223 101
DeMeco Ryans is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
DeMeco Ryans Linebacker

25
215 110
Bobby Humphrey is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Bobby Humphrey Running back

26
223 115
Dre Kirkpatrick is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Dre Kirkpatrick Cornerback, Defensive back

27
228 104
Mark Barron is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Mark Barron Safety

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175 92
Antonio Langham is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Antonio Langham Cornerback

29
183 102
Dwight Stephenson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time

30
178 103
Chris Samuels is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Chris Samuels Tackle

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155 86
Barrett Jones is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
bamafett added Barrett Jones Guard

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122 79
John Copeland is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
John Copeland Defensive tackle, Lineman, Defensive end

33
126 16
Minkah Fitzpatick is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
MateoArrizabalaga added Minkah Fitzpatick DB

34
178 111
D.J. Fluker is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time

35
170 105
Javier Arenas is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Javier Arenas Cornerback, Return specialist, Defensive back

36
124 94
Eric Curry is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Eric Curry Defensive end

37
157 31
Landon Collins is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Jackson_tilzer added Landon Collins

38
126 74
Barry Krauss is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Barry Krauss Linebacker

39
117 85
E.J. Junior is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
E.J. Junior Linebacker

40
166 93
Johnny Musso is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Johnny Musso Running back

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148 117
Greg McElroy is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Greg McElroy Quarterback

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120 78
Woodrow Lowe is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Woodrow Lowe Linebacker

43
115 77
Marty Lyons is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Marty Lyons Defensive tackle, Defensive end, Tackle

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134 99
Chance Warmack is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time

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106 111
Jay Barker is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time

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176 113
Terrence Cody is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Terrence Cody Nose tackle

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118 77
Jeremiah Castille is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Jeremiah Castille Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back

48
118 87
Billy Neighbors is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Billy Neighbors Offensive Lineman, Guard

49
99 86
Keith McCants is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Keith McCants Defensive end, Linebacker

50
110 21
Bear Bryant is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
dikembe37 added Bear Bryant End