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Who’s the best NFL player to not win a Super Bowl?

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Who is the best current player in the NFL to not yet win a Super Bowl?

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92 Responses to “Who’s the best NFL player to not win a Super Bowl?”
  1. chawk12thman says: Apr 12, 2017 9:50 PM

    Dan Marino

  2. whatjusthapped says: Apr 12, 2017 9:52 PM

    Reason I couldn’t vote for Peterson is that he is largely responsible for the Vikings losing on the rare occasion that they even made the playoffs. Chances are he will never play in the NFL again (there are a few that would say he didn’t play in the NFL, he played for the Vikings but we are splitting hairs on this point) so he has no hope of ever winning a Superbowl, much like the rest of his ex-Viking teammates.

  3. frankstoeknife says: Apr 12, 2017 9:57 PM

    Bruce Smith!

  4. poundtherock says: Apr 12, 2017 10:01 PM

    HIS NAME IS FRANK GORE.

  5. Kapodaco says: Apr 12, 2017 10:07 PM

    Cam Newton even being on the poll is laughable. Would put Joe Thomas on there over him.

  6. raiderrob21 says: Apr 12, 2017 10:08 PM

    None of the above. The answer is Dan Marino

  7. xenova1 says: Apr 12, 2017 10:08 PM

    Why isn’t Conrad Dobler on that list? I don’t think he ever won one.

  8. bigbenisabigbaby says: Apr 12, 2017 10:09 PM

    Lol. Cam Newton?

  9. Brandon in Northwest Suburbia says: Apr 12, 2017 10:14 PM

    It’s Watt, but he’s not old enough to be on this list. Joe Thomas should be, though…

  10. jameskucinski says: Apr 12, 2017 10:14 PM

    Tony Romo or Dez could be considered here

  11. jshawaii22 says: Apr 12, 2017 10:17 PM

    Oh, you actually mean ” Who’s the best ACTIVE Player”…. I know, I know, most of the readers are too young to do any other kind of poll.

  12. boca12 says: Apr 12, 2017 10:20 PM

    Marino….hands down.

  13. blackheld says: Apr 12, 2017 10:22 PM

    Dan Marino

    Barry Sanders

    Tarkington, Page and Eller

    Lawrence Taylor (?)

  14. daysend564 says: Apr 12, 2017 10:25 PM

    Best when? Now? Full career?

    Fitz/AP had best careers but aren’t top positional players anymore.

    The rest are better now but don’t have as long term resume

  15. steeler43 says: Apr 12, 2017 10:39 PM

    J.J. Watt and Cam Newton are too young, they still have more opportunities to win a Super Bowl in the future. I think I’ll have to go with Larry on this one.

  16. Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Carlos Hyde says: Apr 12, 2017 10:40 PM

    No Frank Gore????

  17. rtl1984 says: Apr 12, 2017 10:58 PM

    No Frank Gore? Overlooked as usual. Fitz gets the edge because the old man can still ball.

  18. ProFootballRealignment says: Apr 12, 2017 11:03 PM

    Andrew Luck.

  19. skins716 says: Apr 12, 2017 11:04 PM

    none of the above.. Dan Marino

  20. hillarystandswhenshepees says: Apr 12, 2017 11:04 PM

    Jim Kelly.

  21. alphadux2u says: Apr 12, 2017 11:04 PM

    This season Frank Gore will log the 4th most yards of any RB in NFL history. He should at least be mentioned on this list, if not win it.

  22. yankeemofo says: Apr 12, 2017 11:05 PM

    Dan Marino

  23. skankmeat says: Apr 12, 2017 11:08 PM

    Dan Marino. Hello?

  24. skunkb3ar says: Apr 12, 2017 11:13 PM

    Active or retired, the answer is still Moss

  25. talkingproud says: Apr 12, 2017 11:13 PM

    All time? Bruce Smith and it’s not even a debate

  26. nhpats says: Apr 12, 2017 11:13 PM

    Cam Newton? Please child….

  27. herkiethehawk says: Apr 12, 2017 11:27 PM

    Tony Romo

  28. thefox61 says: Apr 12, 2017 11:29 PM

    None of the above.
    Tom Brady*

  29. vikingsftw says: Apr 12, 2017 11:29 PM

    Not even close .. Dan Marino. Poll-maker is clueless!

  30. midnightcochise says: Apr 12, 2017 11:35 PM

    Current player, AP? what team is he a current player of?

  31. hyzers says: Apr 13, 2017 12:18 AM

    Barry.

  32. medialovesthecowboys says: Apr 13, 2017 12:18 AM

    Marino isn’t on this list? Flo, you hack.

  33. wtfru2 says: Apr 13, 2017 12:20 AM

    Adrian single handedly fumbled his way out of two playoff games!

    I would put an asterisk next to his name indicating that he was the cause for not going to the Super Bowl…..

  34. wtfru2 says: Apr 13, 2017 12:22 AM

    There was a pun intended for the “single handedly” comment. lol…..

  35. haleyjr94 says: Apr 13, 2017 12:27 AM

    Joe Thomas

  36. iseek11 says: Apr 13, 2017 12:28 AM

    All Time Old School
    Offense: Fran Tarkenton
    Defense: Deacon Jones

    All Time Modern
    Offense: Dan Marino
    Defense: Bruce Smith

    Current
    Offense: Larry Fitzgerald
    Defense: Julius Peppers

  37. haleyjr94 says: Apr 13, 2017 12:30 AM

    Julius Peppers

  38. madczyk says: Apr 13, 2017 12:31 AM

    I think it’s pretty awesome that nobody who has commented on this understood that the question was “an NFL player”, not “a retired NFL player”. It’s hard not to go with Fitzgerald, I think putting his picture up shows some bias that skews the vote a bit….but I have to go with Rivers….Imagine if the Giants didn’t swap with San Diego and they had Rivers instead, do you think the Giants still win those Super Bowls? I think more often people would say yes.

  39. haleyjr94 says: Apr 13, 2017 12:34 AM

    Antonio Gates

  40. haleyjr94 says: Apr 13, 2017 12:35 AM

    Eric Berry

  41. haleyjr94 says: Apr 13, 2017 12:37 AM

    Jason Witten

  42. haleyjr94 says: Apr 13, 2017 12:38 AM

    Julio Jones

  43. crackerbrainfool says: Apr 13, 2017 12:40 AM

    Joe Thomas? 12 or 13 pro bowls and 10 all pros? Solid
    …and not even a playoff game.

  44. jwbelt says: Apr 13, 2017 12:46 AM

    Kenny Anderson. And before you talk about system quarterbacks and dink and dunk, know this:

    – He led the league in passing four times, twice in the West Coast offense and twice under Lindy Infante’s system.
    – His YPA is the same as Dan Marino’s
    – The Steel Curtain invited him into their locker room for before after he completed 20 of 22 passes against them.

    ‘Nuff said.

  45. jwbelt says: Apr 13, 2017 12:48 AM

    OK – some problems there with English. Let’s try again…

    Kenny Anderson. And before you talk about system quarterbacks and dink and dunk, know this:

    – He led the league in passing four times, twice in the West Coast offense and twice under Lindy Infante’s system.
    – His YPA is the same as Dan Marino’s (one Super Bowl appearance, also lost to Joe Montana).
    – The Steel Curtain invited him into their locker room for beers after he completed 20 of 22 passes against them.

  46. vintagefootballleague says: Apr 13, 2017 12:49 AM

    Ultimately Jim Brown is the greatest all-around NFL player but he retired before the Super Bowl era began.

    Fran Tarkenton, Sonny Jurgensen, Dan Fouts and Dan Marino are the best of the QBs.

    Eric Dickerson, Barry Sanders, Thurman Thomas and Ladanian Tomlinson are the best of the RBs.

    Randy Moss, Cris Carter, Kellen Winslow, Ozzie Newsome, Andre Reed, and Charley Taylor are the best of the WRs and TEs

    And on defense there is just one name: Dick Butkus (and don’t even bother to debate that fact lest the vicious forearm shiver of history shatter your tiny football cranium)

  47. silverhornet says: Apr 13, 2017 12:54 AM

    It’s Marino… and then Barry Sanders. Irony was that they were almost on the same team.

  48. trubroncfan07 says: Apr 13, 2017 1:10 AM

    I can think of six players easy that are not on your list.

  49. ecarlso8 says: Apr 13, 2017 1:16 AM

    Jim Kelly

  50. mikewhorio says: Apr 13, 2017 1:32 AM

    Larry Fitzgerald is awesome and I love him but the fact that he is #1 in this poll just proves how clueless the typical NFL fan is.

  51. PFT loves the Steelers says: Apr 13, 2017 1:34 AM

    AP closely followed by Watt. Fitzgerald has never dominated his position quite like those 2, but I’d place his 3rd. Then everybody else.

  52. johnnnyschatzan says: Apr 13, 2017 1:43 AM

    Calvin Johnson

  53. jessesnapple says: Apr 13, 2017 1:48 AM

    It’s obvious who can’t read here. “Best CURRENT player to not win a super bowl”

  54. gbpackfan3 says: Apr 13, 2017 1:52 AM

    Peppers should be on this list

  55. deepenwide says: Apr 13, 2017 2:16 AM

    Matt Ryan shouldn’t even be on the list. My vote would be for Julius Peppers.

  56. shaggytoodle says: Apr 13, 2017 2:47 AM

    I was surprised Moss, Tomlinson, and Marino weren’t on the list… but if its only current players. AP is hands down the best current ATHLETE to never win one.

    Larry Fitzgerald is the best player though.

  57. cromagarmy76 says: Apr 13, 2017 2:47 AM

    All Time? Barry Sanders immediately comes to mind but I’m sure there’s a better answer. For those listed it’s gotta be Fitz, AP or Phillip Rivers.

  58. noose18 says: Apr 13, 2017 3:55 AM

    Best current?

  59. noose18 says: Apr 13, 2017 3:56 AM

    I think I’d vote for Rivers.

  60. tennesseeoilers says: Apr 13, 2017 5:47 AM

    Jim Kelly was exceptional, but let’s be honest, he was a distant second to Dan Marino.

  61. 6thsense10 says: Apr 13, 2017 5:52 AM

    From the list of names provided it’s obvious the question was badly worded. It seems they should have asked who is the best ACTIVE player to not win a Superbowl?

  62. blowfishes says: Apr 13, 2017 6:02 AM

    Alan Page.

  63. blowfishes says: Apr 13, 2017 6:05 AM

    Barry Saunders.

  64. jstew0103 says: Apr 13, 2017 6:18 AM

    Came here to say Marino but saw it was active players only. I’m going with Fitzgerald. If only Carson Palmer ever showed up for a playoff game….

  65. avikesfan says: Apr 13, 2017 6:25 AM

    Fran Tarkenton

  66. queeflatifah says: Apr 13, 2017 6:31 AM

    Ray Finkle

  67. sbowman1479 says: Apr 13, 2017 6:33 AM

    Joe Thomas has been a beast for years. Sad that it has been wasted playing for the dumpster fire known as the Browns.

  68. billsbackto81 says: Apr 13, 2017 6:36 AM

    Retired? It’s between Dan Marino, Bruce Smith and Barry Sanders.

    You can make an argument for any of the three.

  69. BillAndTomsAsteriskAdventure says: Apr 13, 2017 7:56 AM

    Tom Brady.

  70. Salamano says: Apr 13, 2017 8:15 AM

    I guess it does say…

    best ‘current’ player,

    but don’t know if it’s a late add…

  71. TheDPR says: Apr 13, 2017 8:16 AM

    Camera isn’t even the best player on his team.

    As mentioned, this is clearly a “currently active” list. There are a lot of all-time greats who never won a Super Bowl.

  72. pastabelly says: Apr 13, 2017 8:17 AM

    JJ Watt is this generation’s Alan Page. I would put those two in a tie. Bruce Smith couldn’t carry Page’s jock.

  73. factschecker says: Apr 13, 2017 9:00 AM

    It certainly doesn’t hurt that we all LOVE Larry. It’s arguable for who would be the best but Larry is probably at least the most likable super star of this era. Much like Walter Peyton (who did win a Super Bowl but he was denied his Super Bowl TD moment.) and Barry Sanders before him. It’s easy to root for those types of players to succeed.

  74. sidepull says: Apr 13, 2017 9:12 AM

    Kelly
    Marino
    Tarkenton

  75. RegisHawk says: Apr 13, 2017 9:15 AM

    Fitz is the only thing keeping the League from disbanding the Cardinals altogether.

  76. Frazier28/7 says: Apr 13, 2017 11:17 AM

    CURRENT.
    Marino, Tarketo etc.. aren’t Currently playing.

    toss up between Fitz, Rivers and Peterson.

    and why do Packer fans think anyone even remotely cares about their opinions on the Vikings? Just shut up already.

  77. somethinghappeninghere says: Apr 13, 2017 12:09 PM

    Active players my rear!

    It’s DAN MARINO (only mentioned here about 50 times!), followed by Jim Kelly, Barry Sanders, Zach Thomas, Jason Taylor, and a slew of other Former Dolphins….

  78. msmith954 says: Apr 13, 2017 3:55 PM

    A bunch of 1970’s Vikings players… and Jim Kelly

  79. knew8411 says: Apr 13, 2017 7:18 PM

    There are several players, from the past, that needed to be included in this list. Fran Tarkenton, Dan Marino, Junior Seau, Frank Thomas, Jim Kelly…. & more…Heck too many to name.

  80. fmc651 says: Apr 14, 2017 1:14 PM

    Allan Page

  81. fmc651 says: Apr 14, 2017 1:21 PM

    iseek11 says:
    Apr 13, 2017 12:28 AM

    All Time Old School
    Offense: Fran Tarkenton
    Defense: Allan Page
    )))))))))))))))))))
    There I fixed it for you. Allan Page was the first defensive player in the NFL to be named MVP of the league.

  82. absolutevisuals says: Apr 15, 2017 12:34 AM

    I voted for Rivers but it was truthfully a hard one. Peterson, Rivers & Fitzgerald all have an incredible body of work and are examples of teams wasting their careers.

    If they were all on the same team though, they could of won. End the salary cap!

  83. twoteamsforlosangeles says: Apr 15, 2017 5:39 AM

    Antonio Brown

  84. thechickenexpress says: Apr 15, 2017 6:50 AM

    mikewhorio says:
    Apr 13, 2017 1:32 AM
    Larry Fitzgerald is awesome and I love him but the fact that he is #1 in this poll just proves how clueless the typical NFL fan is.

    Depends on how you interpret “best.” Best right now? Matt Ryan. Best career? Fitz. Top ten on the all-time receiving yards list and he’s had some real dogs throwing him the ball. And he’s a great teammate to boot.

  85. jimmysee says: Apr 15, 2017 1:07 PM

    Barry Sanders.

    End of story.

  86. chargers308 says: Apr 15, 2017 4:22 PM

    Junior sean

  87. getnakedandrunwild says: Apr 16, 2017 3:16 PM

    Tom Brady. Never won one clean.

  88. packfanaj12 says: Apr 16, 2017 11:03 PM

    Jay Cut… nvm just threw up a lil.

  89. maniacwithaknife says: Apr 17, 2017 12:32 PM

    Ken Anderson. Duh.

  90. nyctraffic says: Apr 17, 2017 4:22 PM

    Matt Ryan is only on this list because he choked in the 4th quarter of the SB. Therefore, he can’t be the best current player without a ring.

  91. Lisa_the_Greek says: Apr 17, 2017 6:31 PM

    I believe this discussion really should be more about players who’ve already had long NFL careers and performed at a consistently high level throughout [most of] that time.

    For that reason I agree with many posters who argue that accomplished players like Jason Witten, Frank Gore, Julius Peppers, and Joe Thomas are being snubbed in favor or young players like Watt and Newton.

  92. gizzmonic says: Apr 18, 2017 6:44 AM

    Curtis painter

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