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Some all-time great players never even reached Super Bowl

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Members of the New England Patriots and New York Giants can consider themselves fortunate, since they will get an opportunity to shine on pro football's biggest stage. Some of the NFL's all-time greatest players -- despite long and decorated careers -- never got the chance to play on Super Sunday.

Randle -- a 2010 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee -- played in two NFC Championship Games (1998, 2000) but fell short for a Vikings franchise that hasn't reached a Super Bowl since the 1976 season.
In the season Tomlinson eclipsed Paul Hornung's scoring record, the Chargers owned home-field advantage in the AFC playoffs, only to lose to the Patriots. Later he lost an AFC title game as a member of the Jets.
The Cardinals were two cities and 60 years removed between championship game appearances, and Dierdorf -- a 1996 Hall inductee -- went 0-3 in three playoff appearances with the St. Louis Cardinals.
Carter was a member of one of the best teams to not reach the Super Bowl: The 1998 Vikings, who finished the regular season 15-1. Nowadays, the receiver is falling short of reaching a place in Canton.
In the season Dickerson's Los Angeles Rams got the closest to reaching the Super Bowl, they met up with one of the most dominating Super Bowl champions of all-time: The 1985 Bears.
Largent helped turn the expansion Seahawks into a contender in a short period of time, but the Hall of Fame receiver only got as far in the playoffs as the 1983 AFC Championship Game.
The on-field leader of the "Air Coryell" offense, Fouts -- a 1993 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee -- got the Chargers to the AFC title games in 1980 and 1981, but lost to the Raiders and Bengals, respectively.
Sanders -- a 10-time Pro Bowl selection and 2004 inductee in the Pro Football Hall of Fame -- was a member of five Lions playoff teams, getting as far as the NFC Championship Game in 1991.


 

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