The Best Former Alabama Football Players In The NFL

These Are The Top 10 Active Alabama Players In The NFL, If I Had To Choose Just 10

Which former Crimson Tide player reigned supreme in college and the pros?

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These Crimson Tide has dominated college football over the last 10 years and have produced the most first-round picks of all other FBS teams within that time span. But how do they match up against each other? Well, in honor of 10 years worth of sending players to the NFL, let's rank the active Alabama players in the league.

10. Mark Barron

Selected 7th overall by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Barron played a lot of solid football for some mediocre Bucs teams. Even though he never broke through into the elite safety conversation, he has found his niche as a hybrid linebacker/safety with the Los Angeles Rams. He has led the team in tackles each of the last three seasons and is only continuing to improve at the position.

9. Derrick Henry

With the retirement of Demarco Murray, Henry is entering the 2018-19 season as the clear-cut number one back for the Titans. Last year when Murray was out with an injury he filled in extremely nicely averaging 4.2 yards per carry and pilling up 740 yards and 5 touchdowns. But what solidified Henry's spot on the list was his playoff performance against the Kansas City Chiefs where he rushed for 152 yards on 23 carries. Now entering his third NFL season Henry can easily move up on this list with more snaps.

8. Marcell Dareus

Recently, Dareus has struggled to stay on the field, whether it has to do with suspension or inconsistency. But for the first five seasons of his career, he was an absolute problem for offenses. Dareus was the 3rd overall pick in the 2011 NFL draft and he made an immediate impact. He tallied 30.5 sacks and 253 tackles along with two pro bowl appearances and a single all-pro selection. It's hard to say if Dareus's play will ever reach the heights of what it was at the start of his career. But maybe he can still be an important piece to the defensive-minded Jacksonville Jaguars.

7. Amari Cooper

Cooper has shown flashes of being a great receiver in the league. He recorded over 1,000 receiving yards in the first two years of his career and was selected to the pro bowl in both of those seasons. Yet Cooper hasn't been able to bring it all together. The Alabama legend has struggled with dropped passes his entire NFL career, and no more so than the 2017 season where he only had a 50% catch percentage. But if Cooper is able to bounce back from the down year, and continue to improve, then we might be watching reruns of his college games on Sundays.

6. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

Along with having one of the best names in the NFL, HaHa is also among the best safeties in the league. That is saying a lot coming from the general of the Packers defense. He has been the lone bright spot in a secondary that has been proclaimed as one of the worst in the league. He has picked off 10 passes in the last three years and has either lead the team or finished second in tackles since he entered the league.

5. Mark Ingram

The former Heisman trophy winner hasn't been handed anything in the NFL. Ever since he was drafted by the Saints in 2011 schemes and adjustments had halted him from being a three-down back. But now he has turned himself into a complete running back. Over the last two years, he has rushed for over 2,000 yards, caught over 700 yards and scored a total of 22 touchdowns. He has also been elected to two pro bowls in his career and is less than 1000 yards away from becoming the Saints all-time leading rusher. With accolades like that, one would think it's hard to keep him at 5 until you see who's actually ahead of him.

4. Landon Collins

Pro football focus grades Collins as one of the best defensive players in the league, and those guys are pretty trustworthy. Collins who struggled some in his rookie year took off like a rocket in his second season. He tallied 125 tackles and five interceptions and was named to the pro bowl. Even though this past season was viewed as a disappointment, he was still able to record over 100 tackles and intercept two passes. The hard-nosed safety is also the centerpiece to a Giants defense that is viewed as one of the best in the league. And if Collins stays off the injury list, he could be trending into the all-time great territory.

3. Dont'a Hightower

Are the numbers flashy? No. Has he played a full season? No. Has he made a pro bowl? No. But his impact on the football field is unquestionable. Hightower has been regarded as the only elite player amongst a revolving cast of New England defenders. He makes sure everyone is in the right spot, and you can tell whenever he's on the field teams seem to steer clear of him. But what sets Hightower apart from the previous seven players are his performances on the biggest stage. He has two Super Bowl rings and has made humongous plays in those games. He stopped Marshawn Lynch at the goal line in Super Bowl XLIX which lead to the Malcolm Butler interception. He also stripped Matt Ryan in Super Bowl LI, which started the Patriots historic comeback.

2. C.J. Mosley

Consider this when you think about how good C.J. Mosley has been. When he was drafted he was expected to step right in and fill the gap of one the greatest linebackers of all-time Ray Lewis. And he did it no questions asked. Since he first stepped onto the field Mosley has terrified defenses not only in the run but also the passing game. In his first four seasons, he has accumulated nearly 500 total tackles, 30 pass deflections, 8 interceptions and is a three-time pro bowler. Oh, and he did all of this before his 26th birthday. He was a beast at Alabama and he has adapted extremely well to the NFL. If he continues on this path he may start getting more and more comparisons to Lewis.

1. Julio Jones

Was there ever any doubt? Julio Jones is the best all-around receiver in the NFL and has been for quite some time now. Jones has caught over 75 passes 4 times, racked up over 9,000 receiving yards and caught over 40 touchdowns. But he's also made these catches over multiple defenders, which has become a staple of his play. No one else in the league can go up for a ball like Julio can. Whenever Matt Ryan throws a pass in his direction, no matter how many people are around him you can't help but think that Jones will come down with the ball. But flashy plays and regular season stats doesn't paint the whole picture of what has made him so special. Jones has put up multiple big-time playoff performances and has helped get Atlanta to the Super Bowl. As of right now no other Alabama player has played at the level of Julio Jones and done it for such a long period of time. And he doesn't seem to be slowing down anytime soon.


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When You Give A Girl A Dad

You give her everything
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They say that any male can be a father, but it takes a special person to be a dad. That dads are just the people that created the child, so to speak, but rather, dads raise their children to be the best they can be. Further, when you give a little girl a dad, you give her much more than a father; you give her the world in one man.


When you give a girl a dad, you give her a rock.

Life is tough, and life is constantly changing directions and route. In a world that's never not moving, a girl needs something stable. She needs something that won't let her be alone; someone that's going to be there when life is going great, and someone who is going to be there for her when life is everything but ideal. Dads don't give up on this daughters, they never will.


When you give a girl a dad, you give her a role model.

If we never had someone to look up to, we would never have someone to strive to be. When you give a little girl someone to look up to, you give her someone to be. We copy their mannerisms, we copy their habits, and we copy their work ethic. Little girls need someone to show them the world, so that they can create their own.


When you give a girl a dad, you give her the first boy she will ever love.

And I'm not really sure someone will ever be better than him either. He's the first guy to take your heart, and every person you love after him is just a comparison to his endless, unmatchable love. He shows you your worth, and he shows you what your should be treated like: a princess.


When you give a girl a dad, you give her someone to make proud.

After every softball game, soccer tournament, cheerleading competition, etc., you can find every little girl looking up to their dads for their approval. Later in life, they look to their dad with their grades, internships, and little accomplishments. Dads are the reason we try so hard to be the best we can be. Dads raised us to be the very best at whatever we chose to do, and they were there to support you through everything. They are the hardest critics, but they are always your biggest fans.


When you give a girl a dad, you give her a credit card.

It's completely true. Dads are the reason we have the things we have, thank the Lord. He's the best to shop with too, since he usually remains outside the store the entire time till he is summoned in to forge the bill. All seriousness, they always give their little girls more than they give themselves, and that's something we love so much about you.


When you give a girl a dad, you give her a shoulder to cry on.

When you fell down and cut yourself, your mom looked at you and told you to suck it up. But your dad, on the other hand, got down on the ground with you, and he let you cry. Then later on, when you made a mistake, or broke up with a boy, or just got sad, he was there to dry your tears and tell you everything was going to be okay, especially when you thought the world was crashing down. He will always be there to tell you everything is going to be okay, even when they don't know if everything is going to be okay. That's his job.


When you give a girl a dad, you give her a lifelong best friend.

My dad was my first best friend, and he will be my last. He's stood by me when times got tough, he carried me when I just couldn't do it anymore, and he yelled at me when I deserved it; but the one thing he has never done was give up on me. He will always be the first person I tell good news to, and the last person I ever want to disappoint. He's everything I could ever want in a best friend and more.


Dads are something out of a fairytale. They are your prince charming, your knight in shinny amour, and your fairy godfather. Dads are the reasons we are the people we are today; something that a million "thank you"' will never be enough for.

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My Blood Runs Deep For My Favorite Team, And Nothing Will Ever Change That

Dab on 'em!

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The Carolina Panthers are the NFL team that represents North and South Carolina. I am born and raised in North Carolina. Despite the New York accent that some of my friends can pick up on. My first memory with this team was the Super Bowl for the 2004 season. The Panthers lost to the New England Patriots 32-29. I remember being so upset as I watched the football sail through the uprights for the Patriots, dooming my team to defeat. Ever since then I always watched every single Panther game that I could. The ups and downs of this team are well known to anyone who follows this team.

The Panthers as of writing this have not put together back-to-back winning seasons. There are sixteen games in an NFL season. The Panthers have had great seasons followed by horrible seasons. The 2015 Panthers won fifteen of sixteen regular season games. They went to the Super Bowl that year. They lost again, but the team is still trying to get its first championship. The very next season the team won only six games and did not even make the playoffs. The team is talented in my opinion, it just comes down to working together and trying to recreate that magic to make to the Super Bowl.

The team has provided me with so many memories. They had a game against New England on Monday Night Football. The ending was deemed controversial, but at the end of the game when the clock hit double zeros, the Panthers had won. This leads to another great memory with a favorite player of mine. His name is Steve Smith. He always brought heart and toughness to the team. He was fighting with a Patriots player during the whole game. A reporter asked him after the game what happened, he replied "I don't know, ask him, he didn't finish the game. ICE UP SON!!"

That will always be a favorite memory of mine that comes from this team. I can't wait until the season starts again and I can make even more memories with my favorite team.

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