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The Best NFL Players From Alabama 

Ranker NFL
Updated August 2, 2019 323 votes 33 voters 58 items

List Rules Vote up the top pro football players born or raised in Alabama

This is a list of the best NFL players from Alabama! While Alabama is known as a hotbed for college football, it also has more than its fair share of NFL legends. Game changers and icons like Bart Starr, Walter Jones, and Bo Jackson were all born in the Yellowhammer state. But who is the greatest NFL player from Alabama? 

Vote up or down every NFL player from Alabama seen on the list, and if any of your favorites are missing, feel free to add them.

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Bo Jackson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NFL Players From Alabama
Bessemer, Alabama, United States of America

Position: Running back

Age: 56

Teams: Kansas City Royals, Chicago White Sox, Oakland Raiders, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Vincent Edward "Bo" Jackson (born November 30, 1962) is an American former baseball and football player. He is the only professional athlete in history to be named an All-Star in both ...more
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Julio Jones is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NFL Players From Alabama
Foley, Alabama

Position: Wide receiver

Age: 30

Teams: Atlanta Falcons

Quintorris Lopez "Julio" Jones (; born February 8, 1989) is an American football wide receiver for the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football ...more
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Terrell Owens is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NFL Players From Alabama
Alexander City, Alabama, United States of America

Position: Wide receiver

Age: 45

Teams: Buffalo Bills, Cincinnati Bengals, San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles, Texas Revolution, + more

Terrell Eldorado Owens (; born December 7, 1973), popularly known by his initials, T.O., is a former American football wide receiver who played in the National Football League (NFL) for 16 ...more
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Bart Starr is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NFL Players From Alabama
Montgomery, Alabama

Position: Quarterback

Age: 85

Teams: Alabama Crimson Tide Football, Green Bay Packers

Bryan Bartlett Starr (January 9, 1934 – May 26, 2019) was a professional American football quarterback and coach. Starr played college football at the University of Alabama, and was selected by ...more
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Willie Anderson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NFL Players From Alabama
Mobile, Alabama

Position: Tackle

Age: 43

Willie Aaron Anderson (born July 11, 1975) is a former American football player who was an offensive tackle for the Cincinnati Bengals and Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League (NFL). ...more
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Ken Stabler is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NFL Players From Alabama
Foley, Alabama

Position: Quarterback

Age: 73

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

Kenneth Michael Stabler (December 25, 1945 – July 8, 2015), nicknamed "the Snake", was an American football quarterback in the National Football League (NFL) for the Oakland Raiders ...more
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Ozzie Newsome is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NFL Players From Alabama
Muscle Shoals, Alabama, USA

Position: Tight end

Age: 62

Teams: Cleveland Browns

Ozzie Newsome Jr. (born March 16, 1956) is an American former football tight end for the Cleveland Browns, as well as a former general manager of the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football ...more
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Philip Rivers is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NFL Players From Alabama
Decatur, Alabama

Position: Quarterback

Age: 37

Teams: Los Angeles Chargers

Philip Michael Rivers (born December 8, 1981) is an American football quarterback for the Los Angeles Chargers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at North Carolina ...more
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John Stallworth is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NFL Players From Alabama
John Stallworth Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Position: Wide receiver

Age: 66

Teams: Pittsburgh Steelers

Johnny Lee Stallworth (born July 15, 1952) is a former American football wide receiver who played fourteen seasons in the National Football League for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He is considered ...more
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Adalius Thomas is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NFL Players From Alabama
Equality, Alabama

Position: Defensive end, Linebacker

Age: 41

Teams: New England Patriots, Southern Miss Golden Eagles football, Baltimore Ravens

Adalius Donquail Thomas (; born July 18, 1977) is a former American football player who was a linebacker in the National Football League (NFL) for ten seasons. He played college football for the ...more
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Wes Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NFL Players From Alabama
Birmingham, Alabama

Position: Safety

Age: 57

Wesley Carl Hopkins (September 26, 1961 – September 28, 2018) was an American professional football player who played as a safety for the Philadelphia Eagles during his entire 11-year National ...more
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Howard Cross is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NFL Players From Alabama
Huntsville, Alabama

Position: Tight end

Age: 51

Howard Edward Cross Jr. (born August 8, 1967) is a former professional American football tight end in the National Football League.
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Cornelius Bennett is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NFL Players From Alabama
Birmingham, Alabama

Position: Linebacker

Age: 53

Cornelius O'Landa Bennett (born August 25, 1965) is a former American football linebacker who played for the Buffalo Bills from 1987 to 1995, Atlanta Falcons from 1996 to 1998, and the ...more
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DeMarcus Ware is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NFL Players From Alabama
Auburn, Alabama

Position: Defensive end, Linebacker

Age: 36

Teams: Troy Trojans football, Dallas Cowboys

DeMarcus Omar Ware (born July 31, 1982) is a former American football outside linebacker and defensive end. He played college football at Troy and was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys with the 11th ...more
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Walter Jones is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NFL Players From Alabama
Walter Jones Aliceville, Alabama

Position: Tackle

Age: 41

Teams: Seattle Seahawks

Walter Jones Jr. (born January 19, 1974) is a former American football offensive tackle who played in the National Football League (NFL) for thirteen seasons. Born in Alabama, he played college ...more
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Andre Tippett is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NFL Players From Alabama
Birmingham, Alabama

Position: Linebacker

Age: 59

Andre Bernard Tippett (born December 27, 1959) is a former American football player who was an All-Pro linebacker in the National Football League (NFL) for 11 seasons from 1982 to 1993, missing ...more
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Buck Buchanan is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NFL Players From Alabama
Gainesville, Alabama

Position: Defensive tackle, Defensive lineman

Age: Dec. at 52 (1940-1992)

Junious "Buck" Buchanan (September 10, 1940 – July 16, 1992) was a professional American football defensive tackle with the Kansas City Chiefs in the American Football League (AFL) and ...more
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Courtney Upshaw is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NFL Players From Alabama
Eufaula, Alabama

Position: Outside Linebacker, Linebacker

Age: 29

Teams: Alabama Crimson Tide Football, Baltimore Ravens

Courtney Tremaine Upshaw (born December 13, 1989) is an American football defensive end who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the second round of the 2012 NFL ...more
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Jared Cook is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NFL Players From Alabama
Jared Cook Birmingham, Alabama

Position: Tight end

Age: 31

Teams: New Orleans Saints

Jared Alan Cook (born April 7, 1987) is an American football tight end for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at the University of South ...more
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Justin Tuck is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NFL Players From Alabama
Kellyton, Alabama

Position: Defensive end

Age: 35

Teams: New York Giants

Justin Lee Tuck (born March 29, 1983) is a former American football defensive end. He played college football at Notre Dame, and was drafted by the New York Giants of the National Football ...more
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Grady Jackson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NFL Players From Alabama
Greensboro, Alabama

Position: Defensive tackle, Tackle, Defensive lineman

Age: 46

Grady O'Neal Jackson (born January 21, 1973) is a former American football defensive tackle. He was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the sixth round of the 1997 NFL Draft. He played college ...more
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Keith Butler is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NFL Players From Alabama
Anniston, Alabama

Position: Linebacker

Age: 62

John Keith Butler (born May 16, 1956) is an American football coach who is the defensive coordinator of the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League (NFL). He played for the NFL's ...more
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Dwight Stone is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NFL Players From Alabama
Dwight Stone Florala, Alabama

Position: Kickoff returner, Wide receiver

Age: 55

Dwight Stone may refer to: Dwight Stone (American football) (born 1964), American football wide receiver and kick returner Dwight Stone (baseball) (1886–1976), Major League Baseball pitcher
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Karlos Dansby is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NFL Players From Alabama
Karlos Dansby Birmingham, Alabama

Position: Linebacker

Age: 37

Teams: Arizona Cardinals, Miami Dolphins

Karlos Montez Dansby (born November 3, 1981) is an American football outside linebacker who is currently a free agent. He played college football for Auburn University and received All-American ...more
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Roman Harper is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NFL Players From Alabama
Roman Harper Prattville, Alabama

Position: Safety

Age: 36

Teams: New Orleans Saints

Roman Harper (born December 11, 1982) is a former American football safety. He played college football at Alabama, and was drafted by the Saints in the second round of the 2006 NFL Draft. In ...more