Top 25 NFL Players Who Haven’t Won A Super Bowl
Top NFL Players Who Don't Have A Super Bowl Ring
The 47 previous Super Bowl have defined NFL players and their legacy in the history of the game.
Winning the Super Bowl never comes down to just one player, but the whole team. Through a tough 19 or 20-week season, there has to be good execution on both sides of the ball, with luck sprinkled in as well.
Players like Joe Montana, Emmitt Smith, Jerry Rice and Joe Greene have earned their labels at the best of all-time at their positions by excelling when it mattered most.
Players have earned Hall of Fame recognition for their play in the biggest game, and have been excluded from the Hall for poor play in Super Bowl. Some are even on the outside looking in for their failure to make an appearance.
Their are a number of great players currently playing right now that haven't achieved Super Bowl glory. Some have already played in the big game and and didn't win, while others have been stuck on really bad teams with zero hopes of playing for the Lombardi trophy.
For this list, I chose three players each from the following positions: quarterback, running back, wide receiver, tight end, offensive line, defensive line, linebackers, secondary, and one special teams player.
Only one player from each team was eligible for the list. Here is my list of the top 25 current NFL players who have not won the Super Bowl.
25. Mike Pouncey, Center, Miami Dolphins
Pouncey has not yet reached the playoffs for the Miami Dolphins, and was the only Pro Bowler of an offense that was in turmoil all season.
24. Devin Hester, Returner, Chicago Bears
Hester will go down as the best kick returner of all time. He returned the opening kick of Super Bowl 41 for a touchdown for the Chicago Bears, and has not been back to the Super Bowl since.
23. Nick Mangold, Center, New York Jets
Mangold reached consecutive AFC championship games in 2009 and 2010. He is the only consistent piece of anemic offense in 2013 that still finished 8-8.
20. Joe Thomas, Tackle, Cleveland Browns
Thomas is a perennial Pro Bowler for the Cleveland Browns. Unfortunately, with chaos in the front office and coaching changes galore, he will have next to no chance with the Browns.
19. Robert Quinn, Defensive End, St. Louis Rams
Quinn is the best young defensive end in all of football. Unfortunately, Quinn plays in the same division as the two previous NFC Champions and a vastly improved Arizona Cardinals team.
18. A.J. Green, Wide Receiver, Cincinnati Bengals
Green is one of the top five receivers in the league. Unfortunately, he has been held back due to mediocre quarterback play and having the face the Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers twice a year.
17. Jamaal Charles, Running Back, Kansas City Chiefs
Charles' career was reborn under Andy Reid in 2013, and was a major offensive piece for a 11-5 team. He suffered a concussion during the team's playoff collapse to the Indianapolis Colts.
16. Phillip Rivers, Quarterback, San Diego Chargers
Rivers went back to being a Pro Bowl quarterback under new coach Mike McCoy. He reached the AFC Championship game in 2007 and lost to the 18-0 New England Patriots.
15. LeSean McCoy, Running Back, Philadelphia Eagles
McCoy became NFL's leading rusher under new coach Chip Kelly in 2013 for the Philadelphia Eagles. He has not advanced past the wild card round in two appearances.
14. Tony Romo, Quarterback, Dallas Cowboys
The often maligned quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys reached the NFC divisional game in 2009, his only playoff win so far.
The Cowboys had three straight seasons from 2011-2013 where they failed to win their regular season finale to win the NFC East. Romo did not play in 2013 finale due to injury.
13. Rob Gronkowski, Tight End, New England Patriots
Gronkowski was the major factor that helped the New England Patriots reach Super Bowl 46 despite being injured. He had opportunity to catch a Hail Mary pass that would have won it.
12. Champ Bailey, Cornerback, Denver Broncos
Bailey will be a first-time participant in the big game at Super Bowl 48 after a long and successful career. With a victory, he will be in the discussion as one of the greatest cornerbacks of all-time.
11. Tony Gonzalez, Tight End, Atlanta Falcons
While Gonzalez has said that 2013 was his final season, the same was said last year when he came back. I'll believe it when he doesn't suit up for Week 1 of 2014 NFL season.
10. Darrelle Revis, Cornerback, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Revis reached two consecutive AFC championships with Jets as the best cornerback in the league during that time. These days, he's stuck in a messy situation with Greg Schiano's Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He will bounce back with new coach Lovie Smith in 2014.
9. Jimmy Graham, Tight End, New Orleans Saints
Graham is the best tight end in the game right now, and was drafted one year after the New Orleans Saints won Super Bowl 44.
8. Patrick Willis, Linebacker, San Francisco 49ers
Willis reached three consecutive NFC championship games with the San Francisco 49ers from 2011-13, with a Super Bowl 47 loss to the Baltimore Ravens in 2012.
7. J.J. Watt, Defensive End, Houston Texans
Watt is a top-five defensive player in the game, and was part of the team that took a major step back after being picked to win the Super Bowl before the 2013 season.
6. Larry Fitzgerald, Wide Receiver, Arizona Cardinals
Fitzgerald was 30 seconds away from a Super Bowl 43 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers. He had arguable the best season among wide receivers in 2013.
5. Luke Kuechly, Linebacker, Carolina Panthers
Kuechly is a rising star on rising team, the Carolina Panthers. He was a major reason why the Panthers beat the Saints for the NFC South title in 2013.
4. Adrian Peterson, Running Back, Minnesota Vikings
Peterson is the best running back in the NFL today. He had three fumbles in the Vikings' NFC Championship loss to New Orleans in 2009.
3. Calvin Johnson, Wide Receiver, Detroit Lions
Johnson is the best receiver in the NFL today, but has only reached the playoffs once in Detroit.
2. Andrew Luck, Quarterback, Indianapolis Colts
Luck is best young quarterback in the game today. He took a team with major injury issues on offense to the Divisional Playoff game against the powerful Patriots.
1. Richard Sherman, Cornerback, Seattle Seahawks
He's the best defensive player in NFL right now, not just at cornerback. Sherman made the biggest play in the NFC Championship game to take the Seahawks to Super Bowl 48.