February 4, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; NFL former quarterback Joe Namath on the red carpet at the inaugural NFL honors red carpet and awards show at the Old National Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Who Is The Greatest Alabama Football Player Ever? Introducing the BamaHammer Players Championship

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We’ve all had the conversation. Who is the better Alabama quarterback; Joe Namath or AJ McCarron? How would Eddie Lacy do against Derrick Thomas? Who was the greatest Crimson Tide football player of all time?

We’re going to find out, and you’re going to help us.

Introducing the BamaHammer Players Championship, a 64-man tournament to decide who is the greatest player ever to don the crimson jersey. You the fans will decide each matchup with your votes, all the way to the championship.

To decide who wears the crown once and for all, we’ve broken our bracket into four regions, named for four of Alabama’s legendary coaches. Each region contains 16 players, and we’ve matched them up from seeds 1 through 8. You can click the graphic above for a super-sized version you can print and use to keep track, but here are how the regions shake out.

Bryant Division – Quarterbacks vs. Special Teams

  • 1. Joe Namath
  • 2. Kenny Stabler
  • 3. Jay Barker
  • 4. Harry Gilmer
  • 5. AJ McCarron
  • 6. Pat Trammell
  • 7. Steve Sloan
  •  8. Jeff Rutledge

 

  • 1. Leigh Tiffin
  • 2. Van Tiffin
  • 3. Phillip Doyle
  • 4. Javier Arenas
  • 5. Michael Proctor
  • 6. Jeremy Shelley
  • 7. Marquis Maze
  • 8. Arvin Richard

 

Saban Division – Running Backs vs. Linebackers

  • 1. Mark Ingram
  • 2. Bobby Humphry
  • 3  Trent Richardson
  • 4. Johnny Musso
  • 5. Shaun Alexander
  • 6. Johny “Mack” Brown
  • 7. Eddie Lacy
  • 8. Wilbur Jackson
  • 1. Derrick Thomas
  • 2. C. Bennett
  • 3. Rolando McClain
  • 4. LeeRoy Jordan
  • 5. Demeco Ryans
  • 6. Woodrow Lowe
  • 7. Donta’ Hightower
  • 8. Barry Krauss

 

Stallings Division – Defensive Line vs. Offensive Line

  • 1. Leroy Cook
  • 2. Marty Lyons
  • 3. Terrence Cody
  • 4. Eric Curry
  • 5. John Copeland
  • 6. E.J. Junior
  • 7. Mike Pitts
  • 8. Robert Stewart

 

  • 1. John Hannah
  • 2. Barrett Jones
  • 3. Chris Samuels
  • 4. Billy Neighbors
  • 5. Dwight Stephenson
  • 6. Chance Warmack
  • 7. Sylvester Croom
  • 8. Andre Smith

 

Wade Division – Defensive Backs vs. Wide Receivers

  • 1. Antonio Langham
  • 2. Tommy Wilcox
  • 3. Mark Barron
  • 4. John Mangum
  • 5. Jeremiah Castille
  • 6. George Teague
  • 7. Bobby Johns
  • 8. Rashad Johnson
  • 1. Don Hutson
  • 2. Julio Jones
  • 3. Ozzie Newsome
  • 4. David Palmer
  • 5. Ray Perkins
  • 6. DJ Hall
  • 7. Dennis Homan
  • 8. David Bailey

Narrowing it to just 64 players in Crimson Tide history was no easy task. Did we leave out an obvious pick? Let us know.

The first matchup begins tomorrow afternoon, so start boning up on your Alabama football history, and get ready to vote.

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