Winning the Super Bowl is widely considered to be the greatest achievement in major professional team sports. This year, two unsuspecting candidates, the Cincinnati Bengals, and Los Angeles Rams, will get their chance to compete on the biggest stage for the coveted Lombardi Trophy.
The legends of the NFL have had their careers defined by what they did on this large scale, whether it be Tom Brady’s seven rings and six late-game comebacks, Joe Montana’s flawless 4-0 record in title matches, or Ray Lewis playing with torn triceps in the Baltimore Ravens’ Super Bowl XLVII victory.
While legends are often written in the biggest moments, there are a few stars in today’s league that are yet to appear in the Super Bowl — and until they do, their resumes cannot compete against the pantheon greats of the sport. It’s time to take a look at our NFL Betting analysis so you can continue making your bets against the odds to win the Super Bowl.
Superstars That Have Never Played in a Super Bowl | NFL Betting Analysis
- T.J. Watt
The presumptive Defensive Player of the Year, four-time All-Pro, and co-leader in NFL single-season sacks (22.5) has been a wrecking ball since he entered the league in 2017.
It was hard to imagine a player competing with the career of J.J. Watt, but his younger brother has done exactly that; however, it has not exactly led to team success, with the Pittsburgh Steelers being eliminated in the first round in their three appearances with him on the team.
Pass rushers could be argued as the most valuable non-quarterback commodity on the field, and with only one sack and an average allowance of 45 points in his playoff career, Watt is slowly approaching the stage where he needs to show impact in the playoffs.
- Derrick Henry
If there is one player capable of derailing the narrative that teams need a dominant quarterback to win a Super Bowl in the modern era, it is Derrick Henry.
The former Heisman winner ran for 2,027 yards and 17 touchdowns last season, both career highs, cementing his place in the history books with one of the most impressive years ever — still, at 28 years old and with all of the beating that he takes, Henry probably only has two or three seasons left at the top of his powers, if that.
- Josh Allen
Before anybody panics, Allen still has plenty of time to make a Super Bowl; the four-year pro has been in the MVP conversation for the last two seasons and was a major contributor to one of the most thrilling AFC Championship games ever, one that ended in an overtime loss in which he did not get to touch the ball.
Allen’s biggest roadblock to reaching a Super Bowl is the surrounding talent in the AFC, whether that be Patrick Mahomes, Joe Burrow, Lamar Jackson, Justin Herbert, or others.
Just as Philip Rivers is somewhat overlooked in his era due to the dominance of Peyton Manning and Tom Brady, Allen could find himself in a similar position down the road if he cannot break through and make a Super Bowl.