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Top 10 active players without a Super Bowl ring
You might've heard that the Panthers and Broncos are squaring off in Super Bowl 50. What you might not have realized: This guarantees that one of the NFL's most decorated active defenders will be earning his first ring. Jared Allen and DeMarcus Ware spent the last decade-plus collapsing pockets and chasing some pretty darn elusive QBs (guys like Mike Vick) -- all the while getting chipped, clipped and who knows what else in the trenches. Yet neither owns the ultimate football bling. SB50 will change that for one of them -- but where do they stand among the best active players without a ring?
Below are the 10 most deserving candidates for a Lombardi Trophy. To be considered, a player must be heading toward his 10th season in 2016. The more service, the more worthy. Hit me with your thoughts: @HarrisonNFL.
Toughest cuts: Tony Romo, Steven Jackson, Frank Gore, Julius Peppers, Antonio Gates.
Cynthia Frelund's Week 12 fantasy projections
My projections are based on historical trends, personnel, matchups and probable game scripts. Yes, it could be considered overkill to use 10 full years of past, actual, and comparable data to forecast each week, but why wouldn't you want to at least try to be as accurate as possible? I know I can't find a reason not to.