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NFL Draft: The 10 Greatest Alabama Players Who Ever Played In The NFL

NFL Draft: The 10 Greatest Alabama Players Who Ever Played In The NFL

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The Alabama Crimson Tide have one of the best football factories in NFL history. Year after year, the Crimson Tide repeatedly churn out first-round picks and 2014 will likely be the same with Cyrus Kouandjio and C.J. Mosley. Alabama also has produced some of the best players in NFL History. So who are the 10 greatest Crimson Tide players who played in the NFL?

Note: Only former players are eligible for this list.

10. Cornelius Bennett: 1st Round, 2nd Overall, 1987

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10. Cornelius Bennett: 1st Round, 2nd Overall, 1987

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A key member of Buffalo's Super Bowl teams from 1990-93, linebacker Cornelius Bennett was one of the more underrated players in the 1990s. Bennett made five Pro Bowls and also played in Super Bowl 33 as a member of the Atlanta Falcons. Bennett was a three-time All-American at Alabama and won the SEC player of the year award in 1986 as a senior. Bennett is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame.

9. Lee Roy Jordan: 1st Round, 6th Overall, 1963

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9. Lee Roy Jordan: 1st Round, 6th Overall, 1963

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The middle linebacker of Dallas' first "Doomsday Defense", Lee Roy Jordan was one of the Cowboys' greatest defenders of all time. Jordan made five Pro Bowls in Dallas and appeared in three Super Bowls, winning one in 1971. Jordan helped lead the Crimson Tide to a national title in 1961 and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1983.

8. Ken Stabler: 2nd Round, 52nd Overall, 1968

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8. Ken Stabler: 2nd Round, 52nd Overall, 1968

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Prior to becoming a New Orleans Saints player, quarterback Ken Stabler was a star for the Oakland Raiders, helping the Raiders win their first Super Bowl. Stabler made plenty clutch plays for the Silver and Black, made four Pro Bowls and led Oakland to five consecutive AFC Championship games, winning Super Bowl 11. In the 1967 Iron Bowl, Stabler's 53-yard touchdown run was the winning score in a 7-3 game.

7. Ozzie Newsome: 1st Round, 23rd Overall, 1978

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7. Ozzie Newsome: 1st Round, 23rd Overall, 1978

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One of the greatest tight ends in NFL history, Ozzie Newsome was the focal point of Cleveland's offense for the better part of a decade. Newsome made three Pro Bowl appearances and helped the Browns reach the AFC Championship game in 1986-87 and 1989. Newsome was an All-American player in 1977 at Alabama. He was named as Alabama's player of the decade in the 1970s. Coach Bear Bryant called Newsome "the greatest end in Alabama history."

6. Joe Namath: 1st Round, 1st Overall, 1965 AFL Draft

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6. Joe Namath: 1st Round, 1st Overall, 1965 AFL Draft

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The engineer of the greatest upset in NFL history, quarterback Joe Namath was one of the first quarterbacks to throw for 4,000 yards in a season. Namath is most noted for guiding the Jets to a victory over the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III, their only Super Bowl victory in franchise history. At Alabama, Namath won the national title in 1964 and Bryant called Namath "the greatest athlete he ever coached."

5. Bart Starr: 17th Round, 200th Overall, 1956

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5. Bart Starr: 17th Round, 200th Overall, 1956

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The leader on the field for Vince Lombardi's Packers, Bart Starr went from a late-round afterthought to one of the greatest winners in NFL history. Starr was the quarterback for each of Green Bay's five championships in the 1960s and was the MVP of Super Bowls I and II. Starr's Alabama career was mostly cut short due to injuries and coaching changes.

4. Derrick Thomas: 1st Round, 4th Overall, 1989

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4. Derrick Thomas: 1st Round, 4th Overall, 1989

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One of the greatest pass rushers of all time, Derrick Thomas made eight Pro Bowls in the 1990's and nine overall. Thomas' 126.5 sacks ranks 14th all-time and would be even higher had he not been tragically killed in a car accident in 1999. Thomas won the Dick Butkus Award in 1988 at Alabama and holds the single-season sack record in college football with 27, also in 1988.

3. Dwight Stephenson: 2nd Round, 48th Overall, 1980

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3. Dwight Stephenson: 2nd Round, 48th Overall, 1980

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One of the greatest centers of all time, Dwight Stephenson solidified an offensive line that helped quarterback Dan Marino reach numerous passing records in his career. Stephenson made five Pro Bowls in an injury-shortened eight-year career. Former Alabama coach Bear Bryant called Stephenson "the best player he ever coached."

2. John Hannah: 1st Round, 4th Overall, 1973

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2. John Hannah: 1st Round, 4th Overall, 1973

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The greatest guard of all time and one of the top offensive linemen ever, John Hannah helped turn the New England Patriots into a contender in the 1970s and 1980s. He helped lead the Patriots to Super Bowl 20, where they lost to the 1985 Chicago Bears, one of the best teams ever. Hannah was a two-time All-American selection at Alabama.

1. Don Hutson: 1935 (1 Year Before NFL Draft Started)

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1. Don Hutson: 1935 (1 Year Before NFL Draft Started)

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Before the NFL Draft was instituted in 1936, Don Hutson signed with the Green Bay Packers as a free agent and proceeded to become one of the greatest receivers in NFL history. Nicknamed the "Alabama Antelope", Hutson was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1951.