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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 NFL’s biggest game, but only two teams get the opportunity to share this stage each season. Because of this, many of the game’s greatest players, including members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, were never given an opportunity to play for the Vince Lombardi Trophy.

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)

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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.

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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 Super Bowl XLVII. But these all-time greats were not so lucky.


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<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>

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