The Top Three NFL Veterans Who Deserve Their First Super Bowl Ring

Mike ChiariFeatured ColumnistFebruary 1, 2012

FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 24:  Wes Welker #83 of the New England Patriots runs past  Yeremiah Bell #37 of the Miami Dolphins during the fourth quarterof New England's 27-24 win at Gillette Stadium on December 24, 2011 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Winslow Townson/Getty Images)
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As is the case in every Super Bowl, this year's big game will feature some players who have climbed to the top of the mountain on multiple occasions, like New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

Then there are the others, who have never even sniffed a Super Bowl ring even though they have been hall of fame caliber players every year of their career.

While all the players in the game are hungry to win, those who have never won a Super Bowl likely want it just a little bit more.

There will be plenty of players in that position on Sunday, so you can expect them to turn in their best possible effort.

Here are three veterans who deserve to win their first Super Bowl ring this weekend.

OL Brian Waters (NE)

After spending the first 11 years of his impressive NFL career with the Kansas City Chiefs, Patriots guard Brian Waters finally has tasted playoff success for the first time this season.

Not only has Waters won the first two playoff games of his career, but now he has a chance to win his first Super Bowl. The 34-year-old was selected to the Pro Bowl this season, but was unable to play due to his Super Bowl commitment.

If the Pats come out on top, I'm sure it will be well worth missing out on the trip to Hawaii.

It's difficult to measure the importance of an offensive lineman, but Waters has been a good one for a very long time. There's no telling whether he will get another chance, so he will be desperate to come out on top this Sunday.

Waters has done the dirty work and gone unnoticed for much of his career, so he certainly deserves his moment in the sun.

S Antrel Rolle (NYG)

This is only New York Giants safety Antrel Rolle's sixth NFL season so it hasn't exactly been an arduous journey for him to this point, but he has earned the right to be called a champion.

Rolle went through the agony of losing a Super Bowl a few seasons ago as a member of the Arizona Cardinals, when their opponent the Pittsburgh Steelers scored in the closing seconds to come out on top.

Rolle has been the Giants' spiritual leader on defense in a lot of ways this season, and some credit a stirring speech by Rolle as one of the things that helped the 'G-Men' go on a late-season run.

On top of that, Rolle tallied up 96 total tackles, to go with two interceptions during the regular season, so he is major contributor for Big Blue.

Rolle is a true warrior on the gridiron, and he is already overdue when it comes to winning his first ring.

WR Wes Welker (NE)

Since joining the Patriots in 2007, there have been few better and more consistent wide receivers in the NFL than Wes Welker.

In four of his five seasons with the Pats he has had at least 111 catches to go with over 1,100 yards as well.

Welker unquestionably had his best NFL season this year as he reeled in 122 passes for a career-high 1,569 yards and nine touchdowns. On top of that, Welker was part of the New England team that lost to the Giants in the Super Bowl four years ago.

With that in mind, Sunday is sure to be an emotional day for Welker.

I'm sure he remembers what it felt like when New York ruined New England's perfect season that year, so he will be out for a measure of revenge, as well as redemption. Welker has always been viewed as the 'scrappy' underdog during his career, but he has managed to become one of the league's best with the Pats.

He has already gained the notoriety for his heart and his grit, all he is missing now is a Super Bowl ring, and he will definitely be playing hard to get it on Sunday.

Super Bowl XLVI

Sunday, Feb. 4 at 6:29 p.m. EST

Live Stream: NBC Sports