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The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time 

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List Rules Upvote 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 Thomas is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Linebacker from Miami, Florida

Age: Dec. at 33 (1967-2000)

Teams: Alabama Crimson Tide Football, Kansas City Chiefs

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Julio Jones is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver from Foley, Alabama

Age: 26

Teams: Atlanta Falcons

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Joe Namath is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Quarterback from Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Age: 75

Teams: Los Angeles Rams, Alabama Crimson Tide Football, New York Jets

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Amari Cooper is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver from Miami, Florida

Teams: Dallas Cowboys

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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 from Gaston, North Carolina

Age: 50

Teams: Green Bay Packers, Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles, New York Giants

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Derrick Henry is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
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Ken Stabler is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Quarterback from Foley, Alabama

Age: 70

Teams: New Orleans Saints, Houston Oilers, Alabama Crimson Tide Football, Oakland Raiders

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#1,589 of 1,820 The Best Athletes Of All Time #23 of 252 The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time #97 of 1,323 The Best Football Players Ever

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Ozzie Newsome is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Tight end from Muscle Shoals, Alabama, United States of America

Age: 59

Teams: Cleveland Browns

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Bart Starr is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Jimmy Ray Thomason added Quarterback from Montgomery, Alabama

Age: 81

Teams: Alabama Crimson Tide Football, Green Bay Packers

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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 from Lewisburg, Tennessee

Age: 25

Teams: New England Patriots

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Shaun Alexander is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Running back from Florence, Kentucky, United States of America

Age: 38

Teams: Seattle Seahawks, Washington Redskins, Alabama Crimson Tide Football

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C.J. Mosley is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Seth Henks added

Age: 26

Teams: Alabama Crimson Tide Football

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Minkah Fitzpatick is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
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Cornelius Bennett is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Linebacker from Birmingham, Alabama

Age: 50

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John Hannah is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Guard from Canton, Georgia

Age: 64

Teams: Alabama Crimson Tide Football

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Landon Collins is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Jackson_tilzer added Landon Collins
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Eddie Lacy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Running back from Gretna, Louisiana

Age: 25

Teams: Alabama Crimson Tide Football, Green Bay Packers

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Don Hutson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
End and Safety from Pine Bluff, Arkansas, United States of America

Age: Died at 84 (1913-1997)

Teams: Green Bay Packers

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#1,704 of 1,820 The Best Athletes Of All Time #20 of 214 The Best Wide Receivers of All Time #114 of 1,323 The Best Football Players Ever

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Calvin Ridley is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
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Teams: Atlanta Falcons

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Marcell Dareus is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Defensive tackle from Birmingham, Alabama

Age: 28

Teams: Buffalo Bills, Alabama Crimson Tide Football

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Trent Richardson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Running back from Pensacola, Florida

Age: 27

Teams: Indianapolis Colts, Alabama Crimson Tide Football, Cleveland Browns

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Rolando McClain is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Linebacker from Decatur, Alabama

Age: 26

Teams: Oakland Raiders, Baltimore Ravens

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AJ McCarron is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Quarterback from Mobile, Alabama

Age: 25

Teams: Alabama Crimson Tide Football

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Lee Roy Jordan is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Lee Roy Jordan Linebacker and Center from Excel, Alabama

Age: 74

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Courtney Upshaw is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time
Outside Linebacker and Linebacker from Eufaula, Alabama

Age: 29

Teams: Alabama Crimson Tide Football, Baltimore Ravens