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Minkah Fitzpatrick enters NFL’s Top 100 players of 2023 at No. 18

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Josh Jacobs was the twelfth Alabama football alum on the NFL’s Top 100 players of 2023, but Minkah Fitzpatrick proceeded him as the eleventh name.

Fitzpatrick, a two-time College Football Playoff National Champion in 2015 and 2017, entered the list voted on by his peers at No. 18 to represent the Pittsburgh Steelers. A former five-star in the 2015 recruiting class for the Crimson Tide, Fitzpatrick has been a defensive leader for the Steelers since getting traded to them from Miami on Sept. 16, 2019. The New Jersey native has played in 47 career games for Pittsburgh, recording 299 tackles, 12 interceptions (29 passes defended), and two touchdowns.

He turned in a stellar season in 2022 with 96 tackles, six interceptions (11 passes defended), and a touchdown. Fitzpatrick led the team and shared the NFL lead for interceptions last season. The 6-foot-1, 207-pounder was a first-round selection in the 2018 NFL Draft and became a three-time Pro Bowler (2019-20, 2022) and three-time first-team All-Pro selection (2019-20, 2022).

Fitzpatrick won numerous awards for the Crimson Tide, including Chuck Bednarik, Jim Thorpe, Unanimous All-American, and first-team All-Southeastern Conference honors in 2017. He has become arguably the best safety in the National Football League.


DeVonta Smith, No. 100

Marlon Humphrey, No. 92

Tua Tagovailoa, No. 82

Trevon Diggs, No. 60

Jonathan Allen, No. 52

Four more Alabama alums on NFL’s Top 100

Derrick Henry, No. 25

Josh Jacobs, No. 12

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 10+ years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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