Super Bowl 2013: Veterans with Last Chance at NFL Glory

Mike MoraitisAnalyst IJanuary 26, 2013

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 20:  Ray Lewis #52 of the Baltimore Ravens looks on against the New England Patriots during the 2013 AFC Championship game at Gillette Stadium on January 20, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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The Super Bowl is always a great chance for young players to make a name for themselves and become stars, but for some veterans, this will be their last chance at glory in the NFL.

Whether retirement is imminent or a certain player is on the downside of his career, the chances at reaching another Super Bowl will be few and far between.

Let's take a look at those veterans who fit the bill in the Super Bowl showdown between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers.


Ray Lewis, LB, Baltimore Ravens

Lewis has made it no secret that he plans to retire after the season is over, so this will be his last chance at a Super Bowl.

The future Hall of Famer has already been fortunate enough to taste glory as a member of the Ravens team that captured the Lombardi Trophy back in Super Bowl XXXV. That won't satisfy Lewis, especially since his team has improbably made it all the way back to the big game.

Besides the fact that the head coaches of the Ravens and 49ers are brothers, the storyline of Lewis' last game will reign supreme. He is no doubt the sentimental favorite and with a good showing, Lewis has a solid chance to take home MVP honors when it's all said and done.


Randy Moss, WR, San Francisco 49ers

Moss is another veteran who has had a stellar career in the NFL, but he clearly isn't the same talent he once was. Age has been the villain towards the end of Moss' career and despite his personal success on the field, he has never won a Super Bowl.

As one of the greatest receivers ever to play the game, Moss was a force to be reckoned with early on in his career as a member of the Minnesota Vikings. He also had stints with the Oakland Raiders and New England Patriots, both relatively successful as far as numbers are concerned.

Moss has had off-field issues with some on-field issues mixed in as well.

His behavior and attitude can be questioned throughout his career but that doesn't take away from the fact that Moss is an all-time great. It would be nice to see him make an impact in this game.


David Akers, K, San Francisco 49ers

Akers has had a rough go of it during the 2012 campaign but that can all be forgotten if the Niners kicker shows up in the Super Bowl.

Niners fans will be sweating every field goal attempt Akers takes, and you can't blame them. Akers has made only 69 percent of his field goals this season, the lowest total of his career as a starter.

In the playoffs, Akers has only attempted two field goals. The one make was from 36 yards against the Green Bay Packers, and the miss came from 38 yards out against the Atlanta Falcons.

With all of his struggles, chances are Akers could be on his way out of the league next season. Super Bowl XLVII could be his last opportunity to walk away from the game on a positive note.