Super Bowl 2014: 15 Players Who Are Chasing First Ring of Career
Super Bowl XLVIII: 15 NFL Players Chasing First Super Bowl Win
The stage has now been set for Super Bowl XLVIII. After the conference championships were played out on Sunday in two competitive and exciting matchups, the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks will meet in two week at Met Life Stadium after knocking off their opponents.
Looking back on the season that was, this is really the matchup that it seemed like we were destined for and that many people—namely people who enjoy good football—were hoping to see when Super Bowl Sunday rolled around. Now, fans of good football will get their wish as probably the best offensive attack in the league meets up with probably the best defense in the league for the biggest prize in the game.
We all know that this moment is going to be huge for the Seahawks because, as the young and up and coming team in the league, they are looking to prove that they are worth all of the hype and can get the job done on the biggest stage that football has to offer.
The Seahawks aren’t alone in playing for high-stakes, though. Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning is looking to complete his record-breaking season by capturing his second Super Bowl ring of his career.
Unlike Manning, though, this game is full of players looking to get to the pinnacle of football for the first time in their career. Some guys are veterans that just haven’t made it to this level before while others are young hungry players looking to prove that they are going to stick around for a long time. Given that, here are 15 players that are looking to earn their first Super Bowl victory and ring on Feb. 2.
1. Russell Wilson
Starting with the most obvious players, second-year Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is going to have his first chance at a ring. His performance has slipped as of late, but he’s been fantastic for the majority of the year. Come time for the big game, the youngster will have to be steady and a leader for Seattle.
2. Knowshon Moreno
Knowshon Moreno’s career was virtually non-existent heading into this season, but the resurgence of Peyton and the Broncos has also revitalized the running back’s career. He’ll have his work cut out for him against Seattle’s defense in trying to get his first ring.
3. Marshawn Lynch
It was seven seasons ago when Marshawn Lynch entered the league and, though he’s had enormous individual success, he’s never grabbed the ultimate team success with a Super Bowl victory.
4. Richard Sherman
He may be one of the most boisterous players in the NFL, but Richard Sherman can flat-out play at the cornerback position. However, the talented showman and defensive back will be looking at his first taste of hardware come Super Bowl Sunday.
5. Robert Ayers
Robert Ayers’ name hasn’t been called too terribly often this season, but he’s been a solid force for Denver’s defensive line this season and since the Broncos drafted him back in 2009. Ayers, who has a respectable 5.5 sacks on the year, will be looking for something to put on his finger for the first time.
6. Champ Bailey
Veteran cornerback Champ Bailey has missed most of the season, though he’s now healthy. However, he was once one of the best defensive backs in the league and it’s nice to see him finally get a chance at a Super Bowl.
7. Wes Welker
The Broncos acquired one of the best possession receivers in the game in Wes Welker this summer. What’s crazy, though, is that Welker has never captured a ring despite having the opportunity before. We’ll see if Peyton is the key to getting him that ring.
8. Bobby Wagner
In just his second season in the league, Bobby Wagner has been one of the most productive defensive players in the NFL. Being so young, though, he’s in the same boat as his quarterback is in that they’re both young and looking at their first chance at a Super Bowl win.
9. Earl Thomas
In case you haven’t sensed a theme with a lot of Seahawks’ players, many of them are younger guys that are seeking their first ring. Ball-hawking safety Earl Thomas also fits that bill and will also have a major say in defending the Broncos’ passing attack.
10. Demaryius Thomas
Speaking of Denver’s passing game, Demaryius Thomas is both a reliable and big-play threat for the Broncos this year. The Broncos’ offense is going to be key to their victory and Thomas will need to be big to secure his first ring.
11. Cliff Avril
In his first season with the Seahawks, Cliff Avril hasn’t but up huge numbers, but has been vital to their pass-rush and the defensive success of this team. Having spent most of his career with the Lions, though, it’s no surprise that this is his first shot at a Super Bowl victory.
12. Danny Trevathan
Denver’s leading tackler, second-year linebacker Danny Trevathan has been a monster for the Broncos this year. Like many Seahawks’ players, Trevathan will be looking to go one-for-one on Super Bowl tries.
13. Kam Chancellor
Another member of the vaunted Seattle defense, Kam Chancellor will be key to helping stop the deep ball against Denver, especially with his size. As yet another young player, though, this will be Chancellor’s first opportunity to bring home football’s biggest prize.
14. Julius Thomas
Julius Thomas was hardly a household name prior to this year, but Manning helped change that. Now he’s regarded as one of the best young tight ends in the league. We’ll see how he responds, though, in his first Super Bowl.
15. Eric Decker
Eric Decker has seen his fame rise over the past few seasons, both on reality television and the football field. However, nothing would top off the past couple of years quite like touching the Lombardi Trophy for the first time in his career.