LaDainian Tomlinson Shy Again: Top 10 Running Backs Never to Win a Super Bowl

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LaDainian Tomlinson Shy Again: Top 10 Running Backs Never to Win a Super Bowl
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Not too many folks gave the New York Jets a chance at winning the Super Bowl this year, but it would have been nice to see one of the greatest running backs in the history of the NFL finally put on one of those big, expensive rings. Maybe next year.

In considering the many players who have never won a Super Bowl, let's take a look at the rushers who fall into the same, unfortunate category as L.T.

The main career statistics utilized for this list are total yards (must have 8,000 career yards to qualify), yards per carry, yards per game, total rushing and receiving touchdowns and yards from scrimmage.

Unlike great quarterbacks who have never won a Super Bowl, no credit is given to the following running backs who made it to the big game. It appears that the correlation just isn't the same, as not too many on this list have won conference championships.

A few guys who didn't make honorable mention but were considered for the list:

Stephen Davis

Three-time Pro-Bowler who rushed for over 1,400 yards during three different seasons, leading the NFC in 1999.


Herschel Walker

Oh that pesky USFL and what it has done with statistics for some guys. Walker hurts himself by being dead last on this list in the category of average rushing yards per game (44.0), which has nothing to do with his time spent in the USFL. He did make it to two Pro Bowls and did lead the entire league in all-purpose yards in 1987 and 1990.


Terry Allen

Funny how Stephen Davis was first a backup to Terry Allen, and Terry Allen was first a backup to Herschel Walker. If we remove the 1993 season due to Allen's injury, which forced him to miss that year, from 1992-1996 there were fewer running backs better. He amassed nearly 5,000 yards covering that time period and led the league in rushing touchdowns in 1996.


Freeman McNeil

Playing with the Jets his entire career, McNeil made three Pro Bowls and led the league in total rushing yards and yards per carry during the strike-shortened 1982 season. He had over 11,000 yards from scrimmage during his career. 

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