Top 10 NFL Players and Coaches Never to Win a Super Bowl
The Super Bowl is the crown jewel of professional sports championship games. It's better than the World Series, NBA Finals, Stanley Cup and whatever championship game soccer throws out there.
Some players and coaches have been fortunate enough to raise multiple Lombardi Trophies. Others haven't felt the sweet touch of even one Lombardi Trophy in their hands.
Today, we'll look at the top 10 NFL players and coaches to never have won a Super Bowl.
Dick Butkus: Linebacker, Chicago Bears
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Dick Butkus is widely considered one of the greatest linebackers to ever play the game. He intimidated everyone he faced and was one of the most feared defensive players in NFL history.
His style of play was so intense, so demanding of his being that he played every single snap like it would be his last. Butkus was an eight-time Pro Bowler, an eight-time All-Pro and was Defensive Player of the Year twice.
His career was ultimately cut short due to knee problems.
Dan Marino: Quarterback, Miami Dolphins
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There may not be a better quarterback to have never won a Super Bowl than Dan Marino. All you have to do is look at his career statistics to realize just how proficient of a passer Marino was.
At the time of his retirement, Marino held nearly every major passing record in NFL history. During his career, Marino only had one shot to win a Super Bowl in Super Bowl XIX against the San Francisco 49ers.
He lost by a score of 38-16 and was outdueled by Joe Montana.
Anthony Munoz: Offensive Tackle, Cincinnati Bengals
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When you're talking about ideal offensive tackles, the first name that should come to mind is Anthony Munoz.
Munoz is widely considered the greatest offensive tackle to ever play the game. Unfortunately, he was stuck on the Cincinnati Bengals for his entire career.
While he did make it to two Super Bowls, the Bengals lost both to the San Francisco 49ers.
Munoz was voted to 11 Pro Bowls and 11 All-Pro teams.
Barry Sanders: Running Back, Detroit Lions
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Let me start by saying it doesn't get much better than Barry Sanders. If you've never watched this man play, stop everything you are doing, open up YouTube and watch some highlights.
Sanders' elusiveness was the stuff of legends.
He had the rare ability to make multiple players miss by making one single move. Had he played for a better team with a better offensive line, who knows how many yards Sanders would have been able to run for.
Sanders abruptly retired in 1999.
Bud Grant: Minnesota Vikings
The legendary Bud Grant might be better known for his postgame rants than for his on-field accomplishments. However, there is no doubt that Grant is one of the best coaches to ever roam the sidelines.
His career coaching record was 158-96-5, and he was the first coach to ever lose four Super Bowl appearances. His Minnesota Vikings were a dominant force in the NFC North, where in the late '60s through the '70s, Minnesota finished first in the division 10 times in 11 years.
Grant is the third winningest coach in NFL history.
Tony Gonzalez: Tight End, Kansas City Chiefs/Atlanta Falcons
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The inclusion of Tony Gonzalez on this list may infuriate some people, but the truth is that Gonzalez is one of the best football players to ever play the game.
When you completely redefine the possibilities for a position, you deserve major props. That is exactly what Gonzalez has done during his career.
Not only does he hold nearly every major record for a tight end, his numbers make him one of the most productive wide receivers in NFL history. Now that is impressive.
It's a shame that Gonzalez hasn't even had the chance to play in a Super Bowl, because there isn't a more deserving player than him.
Bruce Smith: Defensive End, Buffalo Bills/Washington Redskins
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The all-time sack record holder definitely deserves a spot on this list.
Bruce Smith was a master at his craft, and his longevity allowed him to record more sacks than any other player in NFL history.
What's so impressive about Smith is that he wasn't overly athletic or overly physical. He was simply a student of the game, who worked and worked to be better than everyone else.
Smith and the Buffalo Bills made it to four straight Super Bowls, losing all four.
Derrick Thomas: Linebacker, Kansas City Chiefs
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Derrick Thomas was one of the greatest NFL players, both on and off the field.
Over the course of his 11-year career, Thomas averaged nearly 12 sacks per season. He made the Pro Bowl nine times and was voted to six All-Pro teams.
Had Thomas not died at the age of 33 in a car crash, it is very likely that he would have become one of the all-time sack leaders.
Dan Reeves: Denver Broncos, New York Giants, Atlanta Falcons
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No player or coach has ever participated in more Super Bowls than Dan Reeves.
As a coach, Reeves participated in three Super Bowls as an assistant and was the head coach of four Super Bowl-bound teams. He lost all four of his Super Bowl appearances as a head coach.
Three of those appearances were with the Denver Broncos, and the final one came late in his career with the Atlanta Falcons.
Reeves' record as a head coach was 190-165-2.
Randy Moss: Wide Receiver, Minnesota/Oakland/New England/Tennessee
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Randy Moss is widely considered the second greatest wide receiver to ever play the game of football.
From the first time he stepped on the field as a rookie with the Minnesota Vikings, you absolutely knew that this kid was going to be special. He was an instant deep threat and made a living off going up and getting balls in the end zone.
His 23 touchdown receptions during the 2007 season is an NFL record, and over the course of his career, he made seven Pro Bowls and five All-Pro teams.