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NFL: Active Alabama Crimson Tide Players by Team

Like usual, nearly every NFL team has at least one former Alabama player on its roster. See which team has the most former Crimson Tide players, and which ones don't have any.

We start off with a quick trivia question that will have a short shelf life. Without looking, can you name the only team in the National Football League that didn't have a former Alabama player on the roster heading into training camp for the 2020 season?

Here's a hint, it's one of the closest franchises physically to Tuscaloosa, one that's regularly considered a local broadcast by league standards.

It's the New Orlean Saints.

I know, weird, right?

Even though players are going to get cut and there will be a few NFL teams lacking a Crimson Tide presence this season, the fact that Alabama had nearly had the league blanketed at any point has been remarkable.

There's no way of verifying it, but we'd guess it would be an NFL first should Alabama ever have a player on each of the 32 teams.

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The Crimson Tide has been very close for years during the Nick Saban era. 

A couple of major steps toward achieving that occurred a couple of years. 

For one, the Pittsburgh Steelers, who hadn't had much of a Crimson Tide presence on the team since cornerback Deshea Townsend left the team in 2009, added three Alabama players including outstanding defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick. It then used a first-round draft pick on running back Najee Harris in 2021. 

The Denver Broncos, who hadn't selected an Alabama player since Triandos Luke in the sixth round of the 2004 NFL Draft, took Jerry Jeudy in 2020.

But that wasn't the oldest draft drought for the Crimson Tide. The Philadelphia Eagles went from landing Freddie Milons in the 2002 NFL Draft, until taking Jalen Hurts.

Did that count since he played for Oklahoma during his final season?

Well, his degree is from Alabama ... and the Eagles added Devonta Smith and Landon Dickerson in the 2021 NFL Draft. 

Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry (22) runs the ball into the end zone for a touchdown against the Bills at Nissan Stadium Monday, Oct. 18, 2021 in Nashville, Tenn.
Washington Football Team wide receiver Terry McLaurin (17) and Dallas Cowboys cornerback Trevon Diggs (7) in action during the game between the Washington Football Team and the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium
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New York Jets quarterback Joe Namath during the 1969 preseason against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium.
Wide receiver Julio Jones (Alabama) is introduced as the number six overall pick to the Atlanta Falcons in the 2011 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall
Alabama Crimson Tide defensive lineman Quinnen Williams (left) poses with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell after being selected by the New York Jets as the No. 3 pick during the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft in downtown Nashville.
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Cleveland Browns tight end Ozzie Newsome (82) catches a 16 yard touchdown pass against Miami Dolphins linebacker Alex Moyer (54) during the 1985 AFC Divisional Playoffs at the Orange Bowl. The Dolphins defeated the Browns 24-21.