Alabama’s most influential 11 in the NFL

HUNTSVILLE, AL — The state of Alabama may be known for college football, but it has had a seismic influence on the National Football League since the birth of pro ball.

Here are the 11 men who either were born in Alabama or played here with the greatest impact on the NFL this season, in order of influence:
Share 1. Ozzie Newsome, Baltimore exec. VP: The Muscle Shoals native and ex-Alabama tight end is the architect of a Super Bowl contender.

2. Philip Rivers, San Diego QB: