The NFL Network knows they’ll get objections to their Top Ten lists, though they don’t seem to care. In fact they have begun to play it the disputes. Sunday I tuned in to the top ten players who have never played in the Super Bowl. The network came up with a decent ten, though any choice could be debated.
1. Barry Sanders. The obvious number one.
2. Dan Fouts. Came close several times. Was he to blame for the Chargers losses in the championship games?
3. Steve Largent. Retired with NFL career records for most receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns. His hard work and making the most of his talent were lauded. Nice to see him get the recognition.
4. Eric Dickerson. The Rams played the Bears in the 1985 NFC Championship Game with Deiter Brock under center.
5. Chris Carter. Quotes: “big time ego” “best hands I have ever seen” “knew all about winning, just never did it himself”
6. Dan Dierdorf. Was this a media driven pick? What about other great offensive linemen?
7. Ladainian Tomlinson. Set the record for most TD’s in one season (28). Better than Sayers?
8. John Randle. Better than Butkus? “slave to the soundbite, you guys are”
9. Randall Cunningham. His problem? He played for Buddy Ryan, who was only interested in his defense. Later in
he was victimized by Gary Anderson’s first missed field goal of the season, late in the NFC Championship Game. Cunningham “wasn’t a consistent passer” and “didn’t do enough”. Minnesota
10. Sterling Sharpe.
Best of the Rest: Gary Anderson (NFL’s all-time leading scorer), Sonny Jurgenson, Jim Everett, Michael Vick, Gale Sayers, Dick Butkus, Ozzie Newsome, Kellen Winslow, Tony Gonzalez. Jim Brown’s last season was the first year of the Super Bowl.
As usual, no mention of the back who retired with the NFL’s third-most ever combined yards, Herschel Walker. Nor NFL darling Bo Jackson.