The Alabama Crimson Tide football team represents the University of Alabama in the sport of American football. The Crimson Tide competes in the Football Bowl Subdivision of the National Collegiate Athletics Association and the Western Division of the Southeastern Conference. The team is currently coached by Nick Saban. The Crimson Tide is among the most storied and decorated programs in NCAA history. Since beginning play in 1892, the program recognizes 15 of the national championships awarded to the team, including 10 wire-service national titles in the poll-era, the most of any current FBS program. From 1958 to 1982, the team was led by Hall of Fame coach Paul "Bear" Bryant, who won six national championships with the program. Despite numerous national and conference championships, it was not until 2009 that an Alabama player received a Heisman Trophy, when running back Mark Ingram became the university's first winner.
As of the completion of the 2013 season, Alabama has 838 official victories in NCAA Division I, has won 27 conference championships and has made an NCAA-record 60 postseason bowl appearances.