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15 Elite NFL Players Who Will Never Win a Super Bowl

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15 Elite NFL Players That Will Never Win A Lombardi Trophy

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The NFL is full of amazing players on both offense and defense. Every season new players find ways to astonish the fans and make plays that no one ever thought was possible. It is events like this that make us, as fans, fall in love with the NFL year after year.

Growing up a Green Bay Packers fan, I remember watching the crazy playmaking abilities of Brett Favre and always pretended to be him during backyard football games. One thing that Favre has on players of today is that he has won a Super Bowl, making him one of the all-time greatest players to ever play the game.

It is no secret that quarterbacks rule the NFL today, especially when it comes to players like Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers and Peyton Manning. Each player is special for their own accomplishments and monumental performances in big-time games, but what is something each one of these players shares? Each one of them has at least one Super Bowl ring.

Some notable names have never won a Super Bowl such as Barry Sanders, Dan Marino, Tony Gonzalez, O.J. Simpson and Brian Urlacher. The list goes on and on of elite NFL players who were never fortunate enough to hold the Lombardi Trophy in their hands. It is ironic, though, because some of the players who have never been to the Super Bowl are the players who are invited to provide commentary during the playoffs and the actual Super Bowl itself. Each of these players obviously has the experience and the “Napa Know How” to provide expert analysis for the game.

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15. A.J. Green

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It is safe to call A.J. Green an elite player, especially after the season he had this past year. You must be wondering, “Green plays for a solid Cincinnati Bengals team that has a solid defense and Andy Dalton.” Ah, let me stop you right there. Andy Dalton is the reason Green will never win a Super Bowl with the Bengals. Sure, Dalton is a great quarterback, but as we all saw in his poor performance against the San Diego Chargers, he does not have what it takes to lead his team to the Super Bowl.

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14. Steven Jackson

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Personally, it bothers me that a great player like Jackson has never won a Super Bowl and probably will never win one during his career. He is a power back that loves to run people over and can keep his team in games with his big plays, but he has always been on the wrong team to fulfill his need of a Lombardi Trophy.

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13. Philip Rivers

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People can discuss all day long whether Philip Rivers is an elite player or not -- newsflash, he is. Rivers has had a long and successful career with the San Diego Chargers and has shown a lot of promise in recent seasons. What is unfortunate about Rivers, however, is that the players around him do not share the same elite status that he does. The Chargers made a great run in the 2014 playoffs but struggled to stay in their game against the Denver Broncos. Changes must be made in San Diego if Rivers ever has a hope of winning the Super Bowl.

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12. Matt Ryan

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- If you subtract the 2013 season, Matt Ryan is one of the best quarterbacks in the league. There's no doubt he has the offensive weapons is to win a Super Bowl. At the end of the day, though, the shaky defense will be his demise for any chance at Super Bowl glory.

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11. LeSean McCoy

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I am almost positive having “Shady” McCoy on this list not only confuses you, but also makes you want to question my credibility as an NFL writer; hear me out on this one. McCoy was the best running back in the NFL this past 2013 season, no doubt about it. What bothers me and what should bother you, though, is that the Philadelphia Eagles are not a team that is capable of winning the Super Bowl and won’t be for the next five years or maybe even more. Nick Foles is a terrific quarterback and DeSean Jackson is one of the best wide receivers in the league, but the defense -- and inconsistent players like Jackson -- cost the Eagles too many games. For those reasons alone, McCoy will never win a Super Bowl while wearing a Philadelphia Eagles jersey.

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10. J.J. Watt

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What is the only bad thing you can say about the best defensive end currently in the NFL? He has never won a Super Bowl and probably never will either. Fans thought the Houston Texans were going to be something special this season, but that certainly didn't end up happening.

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9. Jared Allen

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Allen is one of the best defensive ends in the league even as he progresses in age. It does not take an NFL expert to figure out that the Vikings' defense is in need of some serious help along with the offense, but that is a whole different topic. With free agency around the corner, Allen does has a chance to land on a different team and try for a Super Bowl title. What is certain, though, is that if he stays on with the Vikings for the remainder of his career he will never win a Lombardi Trophy.

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8. Dez Bryant

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Two words why Dez Bryant, one of the league’s best wide receivers, will never win the Super Bowl: Tony Romo.

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7. Arian Foster

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Just like what was mentioned with J.J. Watt, Foster is on a team that could make a Super Bowl push but still lacks in far too many areas. Houston found out that Matt Schaub is not their quarterback that will lead them to the promised land and neither was Case Keenum. With both quarterbacks struggling to find any sort of rhythm, Foster is guaranteed to be waiting for a very long time before he ever even thinks about playing in a Super Bowl, let alone winning one.

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6. Adrian Peterson

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The very best at the running back position in the NFL, Peterson is the type of player that can put the team on his back. His hard running took the Minnesota Vikings to the playoffs two seasons ago, but problems with both the quarterback and defensive positions caused the Vikings to make an early exit. A lot would have to change in Minnesota for Peterson to achieve his lifelong dream of becoming a Super Bowl Champion.

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5. Andre Johnson

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Here's another player that it hurts to say will never get the chance to win a Super Bowl. If you haven’t noticed by now, there are three Houston Texans players on here, all elite, all capable of leading their teams to the Super Bowl. “Well why have them listed on here?” you must be asking. because Houston has three elite players that have trouble staying healthy and a quarterback situation that will cause any team to give up and make the water boy take the snaps. Being on a team of that state is nothing short of disappointing and detrimental to any hopes of ever bringing home a Super Bowl title.

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4. Maurice Jones-Drew

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One of the smallest but most explosive running backs in the league, MJD is a true NFL running back. Just like Adrian Peterson over in Minnesota, Jones-Drew has had to put the team on his back more than once since joining the Jacksonville Jaguars. He is one of the best running backs in the league, and it is just unfortunate that he is on a team that will never be good enough to win enough games to qualify for the playoffs, let alone win a Super Bowl.

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3. Darren McFadden

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Another player that is stuck in the same boat as Adrian Peterson and MJD, McFadden has all the makings to be one of the best to ever play the running back position. The Oakland Raiders did have some positives this season and showed potential of one day returning to the Super Bowl as they did several seasons ago. McFadden is too elite of a player to just sit around and not win a Lombardi Trophy during his career. Maybe, if he is lucky, some team sweep him away during the offseason. For now, though, he will never win a Super Bowl while playing for the Raiders.

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2. Calvin Johnson

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The best wide receiver in the NFL both now and probably the next five to seven years, Johnson is one of the very best to ever play the game of football. One thing that is going against him, though, is that he plays for a Detroit Lions team that always starts off hot but can never finish off a season. For that reason alone, as long as Johnson remains a Lion he will never win a Super Bowl during his career.

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1. Larry Fitzgerald

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Fitzgerald is an NFL Legend who has been to the Super Bowl but never won it and frankly never will. The Arizona Cardinals have a solid team which showed towards the end of the season, but with numerous issues pertaining to the running game and holes on the defensive side of the ball it's safe to say that Fitzgerald will never become a Super Bowl Champion.