It isn't necessarily the fairest of benchmarks, but NFL players who want to cement their names among the best players ever need to own a Super Bowl ring.
The ring doesn’t automatically make you a better player, and it doesn’t offer elite status. Plenty of players who were marginally talented at best own Super Bowl rings.
But for that aging veteran who’s done everything on the field, for that star whose name is synonymous with All-Pro and Pro Bowl, adding a Super Bowl ring to his body of work makes a world of difference.
It doesn’t happen for some of the best to ever play. Miami Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino never won the big game. Neither did Detroit Lions running back Barry Sanders. These guys are two of the best ever.
Here are eight active NFL players who need a Super Bowl ring to validate their careers.