NFL Super Bowl Betting Analysis: Superstars That Never Made it to the Big Game

NFL Super Bowl Betting Analysis: Superstars That Never Made it to the Big Game

Everyone that gets to the NFL wants to make it to a Super Bowl. Over time, many of the league’s top players not only haven’t won a Super Bowl but have never even gotten a chance to play in the big game. Here are some of the best players to never play in a Super Bowl. Let’s get right to it so you can continue with your Super Bowl Betting.

NFL Superstars That Have Never Played a Super Bowl Game

Barry Sanders

Many think that Sanders could be the best running back of all time. Sanders cut his career short to stay healthy, but even in his best years, the Detroit Lions never could advance very far in the playoffs. During his tenure, Sanders played in six postseason games.

His record in those games was 1-5. Sanders was never fortunate enough to play with a franchise quarterback, and in many years, the Lions’ defense was average at best. He retired at the age of 30, and had he really wanted to, he could have come back and signed with a top-tier team, but he chose to stay retired.

Dick Butkus

The Chicago Bears linebacker was one of the most fierce players to ever play the game; unfortunately for Butkus, the Bears weren’t very successful during his tenure. As a matter of fact, Butkus never even played in a playoff game. 

Deacon Jones

The sack-machine was one of the best defensive players in league history. In his 13-year career with three different teams, Jones never was able to win a playoff game. He was the league’s all-time sack leader for many years. 

OJ Simpson

Putting his personal life aside, Simpson was one of the best running backs to ever play the game. In his 10-year career, most of which was spent with the Buffalo Bills, Simpson was only able to play in one playoff game, which the Bills lost. He played in the era that was dominated by the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Adrian Peterson

The league’s 5th all-time leading rusher has had a lengthy career, playing for numerous teams. Peterson was close to making it to the big game in 2009 when his Minnesota Vikings took the New Orleans Saints to overtime in the NFC Championship game.

Unless Peterson is lucky enough to catch on with a team that is a Super Bowl contender, it isn’t likely that he’ll ever be able to hoist the Lombardi Trophy.

LaDainian Tomlinson

Tomlinson had a stellar 11-year career, as he played nine seasons for the San Diego Chargers and two seasons with the New York Jets. He is seventh on the league’s all-time rushing list and was one of the most productive running backs to ever play the game.

Unfortunately for the former league MVP, he played at the height of the New England Patriots dynasty, so the Chargers were never able to get to the Super Bowl. 

Tony Gonzalez

Arguably the greatest tight end to ever play the game, the Hall-of-Famer never made it to the big one. He spent 12 years with the Kansas City Chiefs and five with the Atlanta Falcons, yet he was never able to get to a Super Bowl. His 2012 Atlanta Falcons made it to the NFC Championship game, but they came up short against the San Francisco 49ers.


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