Top 5 Baltimore Raven Players To Never Win A Super Bowl
The Lombardi Trophy
Did everyone hear? The Baltimore Ravens won the Super Bowl — the first Super Bowl championship the team has won since 2000. Ray Lewis has the honor of being the only player on both championship squads. A lot of great players were fortunate to snuggle with the Lombardi just once though: Ed Reed, Ray Rice, Tony Siragusa, and Peter Boulware just to name a few.
Winning a ring is the ultimate goal that every player strives for, unless you're Antonio Cromartie, then you worry about making enough money to pay all the baby mamas. All jokes aside, I'm here to make my list of the top five Raven players to never win a Super Bowl. The list will only consist of players on the 2001-2011 teams. The 1996-99 Baltimore Raven teams were pretty forgettable to be generous. I'm not going to talk about any of the players' career stats or anything like that. This is more about the type of players these men were and the type of human beings they are in general.
Just as a disclaimer, I may leave off some worthy names from the list, but this is my top 5. If any of you disagree, then I encourage you to voice your opinion in why you feel the why you do. I hope you all enjoy this list even though the no. 1 player on this list is super obvious, Kyle Boller. That's a joke people, I'm just full of them today huh? Without any further ado here is my list of top five Raven players to never win a Super Bowl.
5. Steve Mcnair
I know most people would remember Steve Mcnair as a Tennessee Titan, but I'll never forget the amazing 2006 season he had for Baltimore. Mcnair led the Ravens to a 13-3 record and the No. 2 seed in the playoffs. Despite a great regular season, Mcnair had an awful performance in the playoffs against the Indianapolis Colts and continued his downfall in to the 2007 season, which was his last in the league. If only he could have been at least average in the Colts game, then who knows? Still, Mcnair created a lot of excitement at a position which had been problematic for several years. Thanks, Kyle Boller.
4. Willis Mcgahee
Whatchu talking bout Willis? I couldn't have been more excited when the Ravens signed Willis Magahee in 2007 — I got the jersey and everything. Magahee's first year was pretty good despite being on a bad team. The following year, Leron McClain and rookie Ray Rice emerged in the backfield, which led to a lighter workload for Mcgahee. Ray Rice became the featured back the following year, but Magahee never expressed any frustration to the press. Magahee became a really scary change of pace back and complimented the smaller Ray Rice very well. Unfortunately, when it came to contract time, Magahee was both too expensive and expendable.
3. Adalius Thomas
Adalius Thomas was a huge fan favorite in Charm City. Thomas was a hybrid LB/DE that could do it all, stop the run, cover in the passing game, rush the passer, and was a great special teams player. Yet another guy who played himself up so much that the Ravens couldn't afford to keep him come contract time. Thomas would go on to sign a huge deal with the New England Patriots, but never really lived up to expectations in their 4-3 system. What a shame — he could have been something really special.
2. Todd Heap
Todd Heap was the man in Baltimore. Just about every time the man made a catch, you would hear the Baltimore faithful yell "Heap!". Drafted in the first round of the of the 2001 draft, there were high expectations for Heap to take over for Shannon Sharpe, and he did just that. Despite being a physically gifted pass-catching tight end, Heap was plagued his entire career with either bad QB play and/or injuries. It's a shame that this man never got to raise the Lombardi Trophy.
1. Derrick Mason
I love Derrick Mason, which is obvious since I have him in the top spot. When the Ravens acquired Mason, I jumped out of my seat. Finally, the Ravens had a legitimate proven wide out. Mason didn't disappoint either — he put up some good numbers and was consistently the go-to guy to make first downs. He had a little bit of a temper from time to time, but it was part of the toughness he brought to his position. The game that really epitomized Mason was the '08 game vs. the Dallas Cowboys. Mason was injured on two separate occasions in that game and came back both times, even scoring a TD afterwards. The true definition of a warrior.