Close But No Cigar: The Top 10 Quarterbacks To Never Win a Super Bowl

Ryan CookFeatured ColumnistFebruary 7, 2010

12 Dec 1999:  Dan Marino #13 of the Miami Dolphins gets ready to pass the ball during the game against the New York Jets at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Jets defeated the Dolphins 28-20. Mandatory Credit: Al Bello  /Allsport
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If there is one thing that you can compare to life itself, it would have to be football.  It resembles the struggles we go through everyday, the emotional highs and lows, and the backbreaking labor that we put into our efforts to get the smallest amount of success. 

Somehow football manages to captivate all of these emotions into 60 minutes of on the field play.

If there was one emotion I could pin together with the game of football, it would be the small but significant difference between success and failure.  Some players experience success, while others wallow in their own sadness as they never get to experience the feeling of a Super Bowl victory.

Nonetheless, the quarterbacks that did fall short shouldn't be forgotten.  And without further ado, I present to you the Top 10 Quarterbacks To Never Win A Super Bowl.

Notable Mentions:

-Archie Manning

-Ron Jaworski

-Doug Flutie

-Steve Bartkowski

10. Jim Everett

In the current era of football, Jim Everett is a name that seems to have gotten lost.  Playing with the Los Angeles Rams, New Orleans Saints, and San Diego Chargers, Everett made a career out of posting up big stats and impressive drives.

When it comes to the big game though, Jim never could get the job done.  Playing in a total of 12 NFL seasons, Jim did manage to make the NFC Championship Game with his time in Los Angeles, only to fall short to a surging San Francisco 49ers team.

9. John Hadl

Like Jim Everett, John Hadl has also been a victim of Father Time over recent years.  During his glory days, he was exciting to watch, and his passing technique ranks him in the top 20 for passing yards and touchdowns all time. 

In his years with the San Diego Chargers, Los Angeles Rams, Green Bay Packers, and Houston Oilers, John experienced nearly every kind of success bar the Super Bowl.  1973 MVP, 2 time Pro Bowl selection and NFC Player of the Year, John's resume was almost complete.

Unfortunately, the Lombardi Trophy never swung his way, and that may be the reason for his demise in the modern-day game.

8. Ken Anderson

Ken currently spends his time as a retiree, after taking over the helm as the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback coaching position in the 2007-2009 seasons, head coach Mike Tomlin announced that Ken's retirement would be effective immediately.

Although he managed to secure a Super Bowl ring in his time coaching with Pittsburgh, Ken wasn't so successful on the field.  The Cincinnati Bengals were his team, and he is possibly one of the most notable figures ever to put on the orange and black.

However, unlike Jim Everett and John Hadl, Ken did manage to make the Super Bowl.  Unfortunately, a loss was the fate for not only Ken, but the Bengals as well.  Other playoff spots were to follow, but as the saying goes "What goes up must come down."

7. Dave Krieg

If you thought the name Jim Zorn was well and truly through with, think again.  Dave Krieg had the honors of taking over the Seattle Seahawks during 1980-1991. 

Jim Zorn stepped down, and Krieg filled in and guided the Seahawks to some well deserved playoff spots. 

Krieg is ranked 11th in all time passing yards, but never got the dream Super Bowl that he desired.

6. Dan Fouts

Another San Diego Chargers man, Dan Fouts is one of the more recognized players.  Fouts spent 15 years with the Chargers, and helped boost them to the AFC Title game in the 1981 season. 

After throwing 4,802 yards on the season, the Chargers would then go on to lose, and more importantly, never make a Super Bowl under the Fouts era.  With that said, it doesn't discount that this Hall of Famer is one of the true legends of the game.

5. Boomer Esiason

Boomer Esiason managed to boost similar career numbers to Dave Krieg.  His quarterback play, however, was very different.  If Ken Anderson is the No. 1 guy in Cincinnati, well Boomer is the second.

Boomer managed to lead Cincinnati to two Super Bowl appearances, where he ultimately lost both in a rather unconvincing fashion. 

Now spending time on the broadcasting side of football, Boomer's career is as solid as concrete in terms of his quarterback play.  One stat is still missing, though: a Super Bowl victory.

4. Jim Kelly

Kelly's 11 seasons in the NFL are ones to be remembered.  The Buffalo Bills lack few franchise-type players, but Kelly is among the greats. 

Being famous for his no-huddle offense, Kelly's passing ability leaves a lot to be desired in today's game. 

His ring finger is still missing some gold, and unlike previous nominees, Kelly led the Bills to four Super Bowl appearances.  All of which he failed to get the job done.

3. Fran Tarkenton

For me, Tarkenton is one of my heroes.  I may not have been watching the game back when he was a star passer, but I know enough to know that he was and will always be, one of the greats.

This story is almost sad, as a guy with so much talent and charisma couldn't get the Super Bowl ring he so surely deserved.  Not to worry though, Fran gave us many memories that we will always link to the Minnesota Vikings.

2. Dan Marino

This was a tough spot to give Dan, as some would argue that he is worthy of the No. 1 spot.  Dan's years with the Dolphins have solidified Miami's legacy in the NFL. 

Dan's arm resembled a cannon at the time, and if you've ever seen him throw a pass nowadays you'd know that he's still got it.

The Super Bowl was just never kind to Dan, and in reality, it upset him a lot.  I guess you can understand that, as Dan is one of the most exciting and iconic figures in all of football.  Still, he never got the job done, and never gifted Miami with the Lombardi Trophy.

1. Warren Moon

As I just stated, Marino and Moon could possibly tie for first place on this list.  However, Moon's accomplishments aren't to be overshadowed.  Spending time with five total teams, Moon is most famous for his time in Houston and Minnesota.

Moon led the Oilers to six playoff spots in 1984-1993 era, and helped the Oilers become the respected franchise they are today.  Warren was a great passer, and a great man.  The Super Bowl though, wasn't so kind. 

He fell short, but sees his accomplishments for what they are today.  The term "Super Bowl or Bust" is thrown around a lot, but it doesn't even come close to relating to Warren Moon.


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