Making it onto this list is perhaps the epitome of bittersweet. On one hand, you get to find yourself sandwiched between Hall of Famers and all-time greats, but on the other hand, there's the obvious void of never tasting the ultimate victory in team sports—forever missing the chance to hoist the Lombardi Trophy.
For many of these players, never winning the Super Bowl is the stain to an otherwise grandiose career legacy.
The criteria for making this list dictates only players who've played a significant number of seasons in the Super Bowl era (which began in 1967) would be considered. So let’s save the comments about how "Johnny 1920s" needs to be on this list.
The second prerequisite involves the process for considering currently active players. It seemed reasonable to only consider players in the twilight of long, productive careers. So by this standard, only players who've accrued at least 10 seasons were included.
Finally, and perhaps the most subjective of the qualifiers, is determining how to rank these players. This process took on a life of its own considering everything from career statistics, style points, leadership abilities, career longevity and overall value to their teams over the years.
The case for each player ranking is made in increasing detail as the slide number gets closer to the No. 1-ranked player to never win a Super Bowl, a rather dubious honor, to say the least.