Alabama Football All-Time Team: The Two Best At Each Position

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GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 11: Derrick Henry #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide runs the ball against the Clemson Tigers during the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 11, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)


Derrick Henry

The winner of the 81st Heisman Trophy is the most decorated running back in Alabama football history. He swept the individual awards in 2015 by winning the Heisman, the Doak Walker Award, the Maxwell Trophy, and the Walter Camp Player of the Year award. The MVP of the 2015 SEC Championship game and SEC Offensive Player of the Year was a first-team all-SEC selection and an All-American.

He broke Trent Richardson’s school records for single-season rushing yards and single-season rushing touchdowns, then broke Herschel Walker’s SEC record for single-season rushing yards and tied Tim Tebow and Tre Mason for an SEC-best single-season touchdown mark.

Derrick Henry plays for the Tennessee Titans in the NFL.

Johnny Musso

Johnny Musso of Birmingham, Alabama played for Alabama football from 1969-71. His starring role on the 1971 SEC Championship team earned him SEC Player of the Year honors and made him a consensus All-American. He finished fourth in the Heisman voting that year, at the time the best finish by an Alabama running back.

The Italian Stallion’s 38 career touchdowns still rank 21st in SEC history and 6th in school history.

He was drafted in the third round by the Chicago Bears but chose instead to play in the Canadian Football League. After three years with the CFL’s BC Lions, he signed with the Bears and played for two years.

Musso is in the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame and the College Football Hall of Fame.

Honorable Mention

Shaun Alexander

Shaun Alexander stands out because he was a great running back on teams that weren’t as good as the ones we’re seeing now. He was recruited by Gene Stallings and played his way to a first-round draft pick under Mike DuBose.

He was the NFL offensive MVP in 2005, was on the cover of Madden 07, and was a three-time Pro Bowl selection. But Derrick Henry (along with the help of Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson) has basically cleared Alexander from the Alabama record books. Henry and Musso also benefit over Alexander because championship teams get all the breaks.

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