Every year, no matter the sport, several names get crossed off the list of greats that have no championship title to their credits. Then on the other hand there are many that retire without tasting the sweetest of victories.
So few realize just how difficult it truly is to be the last one standing with hardware in hand. Year after year these road weary battle tested men find it a much tougher task breaking a title drought.
That got me thinking about athletes today that may never cross the finish line with a championship trophy on their resume.
So I put together a list of notable NFL players that obviously haven't won a title, but actually may never win one.
Here's the list:
What can you say about Tomlinson that hasn't already been said? He plays hard, runs fast and has set many records as a running back for the San Diego Chargers. He's rushed for 10,650 yards, 115 touchdowns, made the Pro-Bowl five times and won the NFL MVP award in 2006.
All that said he just can't seem to get his team over the hump when it matters. The Chargers have been close but have come up short each time in their attempt for a Super Bowl birth.
T.O. has consistently established himself as one of the most productive players in the NFL and last season had 81 catches for 1,355 yards and 15 touchdowns. That added to his career numbers of 882 receptions, 13,070 receiving yards and 129 touchdowns.
During the 2004 season with the Philadelphia Eagles, Owens suffered a severely sprained ankle and fractured fibula but did return in time to play in the Super Bowl, even though team doctors urged him not to. The Eagles lost the game and so went Owens' best chance at a title.
Ocho Cinco enters his eight season with the Cincinnati Bengals and last season enjoyed 93 catches, a career high 1,440 receiving yards and eight touchdowns. The bad thing for Johnson is that many of his catches have not translated to wins.
All through his career he's been looked at as a selfish player and a cancer in the locker room. Make no mistake though, Johnson is a player and is the Bengals all-time leader in receptions with 559 and has 8,365 yards and 49 touchdowns.
The quarterback for Ocho Cinco has had his up and downs in Cincinnati. Despite arguments with Johnson on the sideline, Palmer managed to set career highs this past season in attempts, completions and passing yards. However, he also set a career high in interceptions and has had a decline in touchdowns thrown in each of the past three seasons.
For Palmer to be successful in Cincinnati it may be without Johnson. He will be looking to rebound from a weird season last year that saw the Bengals start 2-6, then finish the campaign 7-9. I know Palmer has plenty of time left to win a title, but I just don't see the Bengals standing in front of the commissioner receiving the Vince Lombardi trophy any time soon.
Whatever you think about James one thing is certain, he can play. In nine seasons he has 11,607 yards rushing, 88 total touchdowns and a 4.1 yards per carry average. James however skipped out of Indianapolis too early as the Colts won the Super Bowl the year after James left.
Now with the lowly Arizona Cardinals, James has put together back-to-back 1,100 yard seasons on a bad team. James may have to wait a while in the sun to win a title.
Moss may just be the best WR we've ever seen. He has size, great hands, leaping ability and speed. However, he lacks one thing on his list of accolades - A Super Bowl ring. He has also been characterized as a player less concerned with team play and more concerned with making highlight films.
Despite that, the New England Patriots decided to roll the dice and trade for Moss. Brady-to-Moss was then heard every week and 98 receptions, 1,493 yards and a record setting 23 touchdowns later Moss was finally in the Super Bowl. One word can describe what happened in the game - Denied.
Moss' career has been filled with ups and downs but this man can play and has 774 recpetions, 12,193 yards and 124 touchdowns in 10 seasons.
This guy has more beauty contests than Super Bowls but his play speaks for itself. In 11 NFL seasons Taylor has 117 sacks which places him second among active players. He became a starter his rookie year and has established himself as one of the dominant defensive ends in the game.
Taylor has racked up awards during his tenure including the 2006 Defensive Player of the Year, the 2007 Walter Payton Man of the Year award, six Pro-Bowls, a two time NFL Alumni Association Defensive Lineman of the Year and the NFL Alumni Association Pass Rusher of the Year.
At 6-5 250 pounds, he looks more like a wrestler than a football player. Blessed with speed agility and great hands, he has been the most productive tight end the NFL has ever seen. He now holds the record for most career touchdowns by a tight end with 66, most career receptions by a tight end with 820 and needs only 179 yards to pass Shannon Sharpe for most receiving yards by a tight end.
The California native is a nine-time Pro-Bowl selection, eight-time All-Pro selection and his 102 receptions led the league in 2004. He also holds Kansas City Chief team records in receptions, receiving yards, touchdowns and consecutive games with a reception.
McNabb, despite his injuries, is one of the most consistent QBs in the game today. He was once booed by Philadelphia Eagle fans when drafted ahead of running back Ricky Williams in 1999. The boos ended when McNabb guided the Eagles to the NFC Conference Championship game every year from 2001-2004.
Unfortunately for McNabb, after the 2004 Super Bowl loss to the New England Patriots injuries have limited him as the Eagles have missed the post season two out of the last three years. On a side note, with a career ratio of one interception per 46.08 pass attempts, McNabb is the second least intercepted quarterback per pass attempt in NFL history, behind only Neil O'Donnell.
At the tender age of 47, Anderson holds the distinction of being the all-time leading scorer in NFL history and the all-time leading scorer for two different teams, Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints. Currently Anderson also holds 13 other NFL records that include 16 seasons with 99 points or more and most consecutive games with a point at 346.
He is now a free agent again but you can bet some team will pick him up in an effort to sure up the kicking game. Anderson can close to winning the Super Bowl in 1998 when he kicked the game winning field goal to send the Atlanta Falcons to the big game. They of course were steam rolled by John Elway and the Denver Broncos.
Who else would you put on this list?
John Lewis is a senior writer at the Bleacher Report and you can read his daily blog
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