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3 Greatest Quarterbacks in Alabama History

Jason Schandl
Greatest quarterbacks in Alabama Crimson Tide history, including Tua Tagovailoa.
Greatest quarterbacks in Alabama Crimson Tide history, including Tua Tagovailoa. / Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images
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The Alabama Crimson Tide football program has a long, storied reputation as winners. That winning identity has often been driven by defense and running the ball. However, with a few versions of the team featuring a high-volume passing game, there have been some legendary passers to go through Alabama.

With that in mind, here are the three greatest quarterbacks in Alabama history.

3. Joe Namath (1962-1964)

Alabama and New York Jets legend Joe Namath.
Alabama and New York Jets legend Joe Namath. / Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

In Joe Namath's three years at the helm for Alabama, the team went 9-2 once and 10-1 twice. Broadway Joe won one Sugar Bowl and one Orange Bowl. His counting stats were nothing to write home about, tallying 2,713 yards, but football was a different game in the 1960's. He did finish two of his three seasons with a passing efficiency rating of at least 130.0, peaking at 139.1 in his freshman year.

2. A.J. McCarron (2010-2013)

A.J. McCarron during his NFL tenure with the Texans.
A.J. McCarron during his NFL tenure with the Texans. / Tom Pennington/Getty Images

On the other side of the coin, A.J. McCarron absolutely has the counting stats to back up his ranking. His 9,019 passing yards are the most in program history, and it's not close, with the next-best mark sitting at 7,924. McCarron also added 77 touchdowns (2nd in program history). A three-year starter, Bama won the BCS Championship in two of McCarron's three years.

1. Tua Tagovailoa (2017-2019)

Tua Tagovailoa during a game against LSU.
Tua Tagovailoa during a game against LSU. / Todd Kirkland/Getty Images

Tua Tagovailoa's Alabama career was cut short by an injury in 2019, but his numbers when he did play were staggering. He's third in Crimson Tide history with 7,442 passing yards, and his 12.7 adjusted yards per attempt are by far the most in program history for anyone with at least 200 pass attempts, with the next-most being 9.6 from McCarron. His 199.4 passer efficiency rating also destroy McCarron's second-ranked mark of 162.5. Tua was also a dangerous dual-threat, adding 340 yards and 9 touchdowns on the ground to go with his gaudy passing numbers.


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