Super Bowl 2013: Aging Veterans Who Deserve Their First Ring the Most

David DanielsSenior Writer IJanuary 13, 2013

BALTIMORE, MD - SEPTEMBER 10: Safety Ed Reed #20 of the Baltimore Ravens returns a interception for a touchdown in the third quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at M&T Bank Stadium on September 10, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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Father time is breathing down the following legends’ necks and they’re still without a Super Bowl ring in 2013.

While every team in the NFL playoffs has veterans who deserve a ring before they retire, it’d be downright tragic if the players on this list hung up their cleats without hoisting the Lombardi Trophy.

Here are the vets who deserve that elusive ring the most.

Andre Johnson

At 31, Johnson isn't nearly as old as the other players on this list. But he's been so phenomenal on teams that were so pitiful, he's as deserving of a ring as any.

Johnson is a six-time Pro Bowler and has recorded over 100 receptions and 1,500 receiving yards in the last three seasons he's played a full 16 games. Even if they're heavy underdogs against the New England Patriots, this year's Houston Texans team is the most talented he's been on by far.

Tony Gonzalez

Gonzalez boasts the most receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns for a tight end in NFL history. He’s been to 13 Pro Bowls. But forget a Super Bowl—Gonzalez has yet to win a single playoff game.

The 36-year-old model of consistency was consistently stuck on mediocre clubs throughout his career. Now on an Atlanta Falcons team that possesses home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs and hasn’t lost a meaningful game at the Georgia Dome, Gonzalez has never been closer to a ring.

Ed Reed

No, Reed wasn’t on the Baltimore Ravens when they won Super Bowl XXXV. The 34-year-old nine-time Pro Bowler is still ringless.

He’s one of the greatest ball hawks to ever grace the gridiron. And no defender in league history has done more once he got his hands on a pick than Reed, who holds the record for career interception return yards. While Ray Lewis is the player fans want to see win a ring in his final season, Baltimore should be playing its heart out for Reed as well.

David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.