The Super Bowl is the biggest single-day sporting event in the United States, as fans plan an entire weekend around the season-ending big game each winter.
However, it’s not just there for parties, as many top NFL players’ career legacies are predicated on whether or not they were able to win a Super Bowl There’s a much more defining aspect to each Super Bowl as a result. Many of these players are legendary Hall of Famers; some are even all-time greats.
But for whatever reason, be it bad play or bad luck, they were simply unable to get over the hump and win the biggest game in pro football. We broke down the biggest names to fall short. Some you’ll recognize instantly, while others may be a bit more unknown. Others still have a chance to right the ship and win a Super Bowl.
Here are the greatest NFL players to never win the Super Bowl:
QB Phillip Rivers, San Diego Chargers:
Rivers is arguably the greatest quarterback in Chargers history, surpassing a first ballot Hall of Famer also on this list. Indeed, Rivers has posted Hall of Fame numbers in his career with 4,518 pass completions for 54,656 yards, 374 touchdowns, and 178 interceptions.
However, he’s also yet to make it to the biggest game in the sport. His closest chance was following the 2007 season when his Chargers lost to the Patriots in the AFC title game. In fact, New England has been his kryptonite of sorts as he’s 0-8 against the ageless Tom Brady in his career. The Chargers were surging last year until they ran into New England again. The arguably have the most talented roster in the NFL heading into the 2019 season, so Rivers still has time to win his first Super Bowl.