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Alabama fans answer which former Tide player’s jersey should be retired

DeVonta Smith with a touchdown catch over Derek Stingley of LSU
Derrick E. Hingle - USA Today Sports

Alabama football has many traditions to honor great players.

The best one is having student-athletes cemented on Denny Chimes as team captains.

Players that receive this honor are special as their legacy is entrenched with the greats of the program. Alabama does not retire jersey numbers, but Crimson Tide fans responded to a question from Touchdown Alabama Magazine on Twitter. Fans provided several answers on the player they felt would be the first to have a number retired. Some of the most popular answers included Derrick Thomas, Mark Ingram, Paul “Bear” Bryant, Joe Namath, Don Hutson, John Hannah, DeVonta Smith, Julio Jones, and Shaun Alexander.

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Several great players wore No. 12, including Pat Trammel, Joe Namath, Kenny Stabler, Greg McElroy, and Coach Bryant.

Alabama’s four Heisman Trophy winners — Ingram, Derrick Henry, Smith, and Bryce Young — have a case for their numbers to be retired. We will see if the Crimson Tide goes about doing it, but there are numerous players worthy of having their number retired.

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