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Who are the 10 Greatest Players Never to Play in a Super Bowl?

Barry Sanders is one of several Hall of Famers that never got a chance to play on Super Sunday
Who are the 10 Greatest Players Never to Play in a Super Bowl?

The Super Bowl may be the ’s biggest game, but only two teams get the opportunity to share this stage each season.

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Who are the 10 Greatest Players Never to Play in a Super Bowl?

Barry, Deacon, Butkus and the other L.T. never made it to the Super Bowl.
Who are the 10 Greatest Players Never to Play in a Super Bowl?

Being a future Hall of Famer does not guarantee a trip to the Super Bowl. In fact, many of the game’s greatest players never took the field with the Vince Lombardi Trophy on the line. Here are some of the game’s best to have never made it to Super Sunday.

 

1. Barry Sanders, RB, DET (1989-98)

Playoff record: 1–5

10 Best Players Never to Play in the Super Bowl

These Hall of Famers never played on Super Sunday
These Hall of Famers never played on Super Sunday

The Super Bowl is The Big Game in the NFL. But many of the game’s greatest players never took the field with the Vince Lombardi Trophy on the line. This year, Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey and Seahawks "Beast Mode" running back Marshawn Lynch headline the list of first-time Super Sunday participants in Super Bowl XLVIII. These all-time greats, however, were not so lucky.

10 Greatest Players Never to Play in a Super Bowl

Barry Sanders, Deacon Jones, Dick Butkus and LaDainian Tomlinson never played in the Super Bowl.
<p> Sanders, Jones, Butkus and LT never played in the Super Bowl.</p>

Being a future Hall of Famer does not guarantee a trip to the Super Bowl. In fact, many of the game’s greatest players never took the field with the Vince Lombardi Trophy on the line. This year, Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed will finally end his Super Sunday drought against the San Francisco 49ers in . But these all-time greats were not so lucky.


5 Great NFL Players Whose Careers Were Cut Way Too Short By Injuries

Who knows how good they could have been?
<p> 5 Great NFL Players Whose Careers Were Cut Way Too Short Due to Injuries</p>

The news out of Washington was devastating this week, even without all the Beltway drama of what did Dr. James Andrews tell Mike Shanahan about Robert Griffin III’s knee injury and when did he know it? They’re still working on the full extent of the injuries to RGIII’s knee.

But just the hint of possible injuries to his ACL and LCL and the idea that he might need a reconstruction that would force him to miss much, if not all, of the 2014 season, was frightening enough. It’s not only a blow to the future of the Redskins, but it cast a shadow over RGIII’s future.

10 Greatest NFL Rookie Seasons of All-Time

The best first-year players in NFL history, or at least since Gale Sayers was a rookie.
<p> The best first-year players in NFL history, including Eric Dickerson, Lawrence Taylor, Randy Moss, Cam Newton, Barry Sanders, Gale Sayers, Jevon Kearse, Anquan Boldin, Ben Roethlisberger and Edgerrin James.</p>

It's rare that a first-year player comes into the NFL and has an immediate impact on the game. But it does happen. Athlon Sports looks back at the best rookie players in NFL history, or at least since Gale Sayers took the field in 1965.

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