The Best All-Time Players Never to Play in a Super Bowl

Quarterbacks:

USA Today Sports Weekly last week had their list of the best All-Time NFL Players never to reach a Super Bowl. Here they are:

1. Dan Fouts
2. Randell Cunningham
3. Warren Moon

Running Backs:

1. Barry Sanders
2. Eric Dickerson
3. Earl Campbell
4. Gale Sayers
5. LaDainian Tomlinson
6. Tony Richardson (Fullback)

Wide Receivers:

1. Cris Carter
2. Wes Chandler
3. Steve Largent
4. Eric Metcalf
5. Sterling Sharpe

Tight Ends:

1. Tony Gonzalez
2. Kellen Winslow

Offensive Line:

1. Tom Banks
2. Bob Brown
3. Joe DeLamielleure
4. Dan Dierdorf
5. Gene Hickerson
6. Kevin Mawae
7. Randall McDaniel
8. Mike Munchak
9. Willie Roaf

Defensive Line

1. Elvin Bethea
2. Chris Doleman
3. Deacon Jones
4. Cortez Kennedy
5. Joe Klecko
6. Merlin Olsen
7. John Randle
8. Lee Roy Selmon
9. Kevin Williams

Linebackers

1. Robert Brazlie
2. Dick Butkus
3. Sam Mills
4. Tommy Nobis
5. Derrick Thomas
6. Zach Thomas
7. Dave Wilcox

Secondary

1. Eric Allen
2. Champ Bailey
3. Lem Barney
4. Kenny Easley
5. Ken Houston
6. Dick LeBeau
7. Ed Reed
8. Roger Wehrli
9. Larry Wilson

Special Teams

1. Mel Gray (KR)
2. Jason Hanson (K)
3. Brian Moorman (P)

We’ve racked our brain, and here are some other players on offense and kicker-wise that we feel could have made the list, or at least challenged some of the lesser guys to make the list:

QB:

Neil Lomax – Passing leader on a poor Cardinals team, 19th all-time w/ a passer rating of 82.7
Bert Jones – Threw for almost 20,000 career yards and played from 1973 to 1982 with the Colts and Rams, and threw 124 all-time TD’s.

Running Backs:

Bo Jackson – While he only played for three seasons, no one ever forgets “Bo Knows Best,” while putting up an NFL record 5.4 yards per rush and 16 TD’s for the Raiders. What if.
Herschel Walker – Former Heisman Trophy winner best known for being the centerpiece of the deal that started the Cowboys run to three Super Bowls. Played for 11 seasons for the Cowboys, Vikings, Eagles and Giants. Ran for 8,225 and 61 TD’s.
Warrick Dunn – The 3-time Pro Bowl selection has run for over 10,000 yards and 49 touchdowns. He’s been close with the Falcons, but the sun is setting on a chance to get to the dance.
Curt Warner – Led the AFC in rushing his rookie year for the Seahawks, ended an 8-year career with 6,844 yards and 63 TD’s.

Wide Receivers:

Al Toon – A gutsy WR for the Jets, Toon was a first-round pick that pulled in 517 career grabs for 6,605 yards 31 TD’s.
Haywood Jefferies – Played for 9 years, 8 with the Oilers in their run-and-shoot days. Has a career 50 TD’s and 6,334 yards with 535 catches.
Mike Quick – 9-year Eagles WR who had five pretty good seasons, one year (1983) had 1409 yards with 13 TD’s, and in 1985 had a 99-yard TD.
Jimmy Smith – A very good WR with the Jags who had over 12,000 in his career. Never got the credit he deserved.

Tight End:

Ozzie Newsome – Has a ring as a front office member of the Ravens, but deserved to get to a Bowl as “The Wizard of Oz” as a member of the 80’s Browns.
Jason Witten – Could still happen as a member of the Cowboys, but if he dosen’t make it, his solid numbers (4935 yards and 25 TD’s) which will only grow will be wasted.

Kicker:

Gary Anderson – 4-time Pro Bowler and 5-time All-Pro, Anderson had some great years with the Steelers, and Eagles, but no one will forget his “almost” perfect season in 1998 with the Vikings where he was perfect till he missed a makable field goal vs the Falcons in the NFC Title game. It was about as closest as he would come.


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