Barry Sanders

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.

8 Memorable Thanksgiving Moments for the Dallas Cowboys and Detroit Lions

The Dallas Cowboys' Leon Lett was a Thanksgiving Day turkey in the snow back in 1993.
<p> Best and Worst Thanksgiving Day Moments: Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Lions, including Leon Lett's mistake in the snow in 1993, Jerome Bettis and Phil Luckett's coin toss confusion in 1998, Randy Moss' three-touchdown game in 1998, Jason Garrett's duel against Brett Favre in 1994, O.J. Simpson's record-breaking effort in 1976 and Ndamukong Suh's stomp heard round the world in 2011.</p>

Just like the crazy uncle with the nonstop inappropriate jokes or the aunt with the barely edible green bean casserole, the Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys are welcome additions to the holiday family gathering even though they will probably provide an awkward moment or two.

Here are a few of the noteworthy Thanksgiving Day memories from the Lions, whose first Turkey Day game was in 1934, and Cowboys, who first sat at the table in 1966.

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.

13 Greatest NFL Running Back Highlight Reels

Detroit Lions 4-0 For First Time Since 1980

Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions on the comeback trail after rallying to beat Dallas Cowboys.
<p> Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions undefeated 4-0 and on the comeback trail after rallying to beat Dallas Cowboys, Minnesota Vikings in back-to-back weeks.</p>

by Nathan Rush

Finally healthy, Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford is leading the race for Comeback Player of the Year by leading Detroit on a series of comebacks.

It looks like the Lions have finally found Bobby Layne’s replacement. And guess what? He’s a Dallas native who went to Highland Park High School, just like the Hall of Famer who led Detroit to three NFL titles in the 1950s.