The Best NFL Players Ever To Have Never Played in a Super Bowl

Pro Football Hall Of Famer Barry Sanders On Set During A Pepsi MAX Commercial For "Disappearing Sanders"

We’re really itching for the NFL season to kick off. While it’s unfortunately months away that doesn’t mean we’re not already getting Super Bowl predictions.  Which got us thinking.  With some extremely random athletes having titles in their careers, we wanted to take a look at some of the best players to ever play the game, and the ones who never even got a chance to play in the big game. Some of these guys might be in the Hall of Fame, but, sadly, they’ll never be able to introduce themselves as a Super Bowl champ.

5. Eric Dickerson

Playing 11 NFL seasons and totaling over 13,000 career rushing yards may have gotten Eric Dickerson a spot in the Hall of Fame, but he never suited up on Super Bowl Sunday. Only playing nine seasons because of the shelf-life of a runner in a bruising league, Dickerson also had the disadvantage of playing for a few teams that couldn’t pair him up with another star, winning just two playoff games between the L.A. Rams, Indianapolis Colts and Atlanta Falcons.

4. Warren Moon

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2006 for being one of the most dynamic quarterbacks the game has ever seen, Warren Moon may have won five Grey Cups from his six years in the CFL, but never got a chance to compete for the Lombardi Trophy while in the NFL. Moon put up fantastic numbers while in the league, consistently leading his Houston Oilers to the playoffs. But he’s remembered more for blowing a big playoff lead than coming close to winning a title

3. Earl Campbell

One of the most powerful running backs to ever wear an NFL uniform, Campbell was a workhorse who carried the ball over 300 times in a season an astonishing five seasons in his nine total. A Hall of Famer, he may have had some tremendous highlights for people to remember him by, it’s just that flashing a Super Bowl ring isn’t one of them.

2. Tony Gonzalez

Does this guy ever retire? Technically he has but come on.  He’s gonna play!  While the man may play another 15 seasons,  for all intents and purposes, the greatest tight end in NFL history will hang it up without ever reaching a Super Bowl, only earning one career playoff game during his fantastic career. That is, of course, unless a perennial playoff team can somehow convince him otherwise—though we think that’s doubtful.

1. Barry Sanders

When polling anyone around the league about who the best running back in the league has been, they may mention Barry Sanders’ name more than just a few times. A pint-sized, elusive runner for the Detroit Lions, Sanders never even came close to sniffing the championship game, and, in fact, only won one playoff game in his illustrious career, going 1-5, and rushing for a total of just 386 yards in those games. He abruptly retired at age 30, leaving behind a terrific individual career, but never playing in the biggest of games.

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