Who are the ringless veterans to watch in 2010? The guys doing everything they can in the twilights of their careers, still chasing the dream? Peter Schrager highlights 10 players who have come close to Nirvana, but have consistently fallen short.
Current Legacy: “Selfish,” “distracting” and “locker room cancer” are the descriptions most commonly attached to Terrell Owens (pictured with Eagles during Super Bowl XXXIX). He’s also a five-time All-Pro, third on the all-time list in receiving touchdowns and the only player in NFL history to score a touchdown against all 32 NFL teams. He hasn't won a playoff game since the 2002 NFC wild-card playoffs.
Current Legacy: A four-time All-Pro selection and the 2005 NFL Defensive Player of the Year, Urlacher has long been considered one of the game’s top linebackers. In recent seasons, he has battled injuries and been in and out of the lineup. Without a healthy Urlacher, the Bears have missed the playoffs in every season since their Super Bowl run in 2006.
Current Legacy: One of the greatest corners to ever play the game, Woodson is coming off of an NFL Defensive Player of the Year award in his 11th NFL season. At 34, Woodson (pictured with Packers) has played in one Super Bowl and three conference championship games. He’s a tuck rule call away while with the Raiders from making that four.
Current Legacy: Considered a sure-fire NFL Hall of Famer by most, Reed (pictured, left) is a six-time NFL All-Pro, 2004 NFL Defensive Player of the Year, with an AFC championship game start. Gaudy as that resume is, it began two years after the Ravens’ Super Bowl win.
Current Legacy: A 10-time Pro Bowl performer with an NFL tight end record of 999 receptions, Gonzalez (pictured with Chiefs) has never played in a conference championship game, let alone a Super Bowl. Gonzalez has yet to win a single postseason game.
Current Legacy: One of the few NFL stars who transcends sporting and cultural platforms, Taylor (pictured with Dolphins) is known by many non football-watching Americans as a “Dancing With the Stars” contestant. In NFL circles, he’s known as one of the great defensive players in league history.
Current Legacy: Considered a problem child coming out of Marshall, Moss (pictured with Patriots following Super Bowl XLII loss) rebounded from being the No. 21 overall pick in the ’98 draft to produce a career worthy of the Hall of Fame. That career has been dotted with both highs and lows. A three-time conference championship game participant, Moss has been the go-to weapon on the two highest-scoring offenses of all time (’98 Vikings, ’08 Patriots). And yet he has zero Super Bowl rings to show for any of it.
Current Legacy: One of the most punishing and respected safeties ever, B-Dawk (pictured with Eagles) is a five-time All-Pro with five NFC championship games on his resume. He remains ringless, out in Denver, at age 36.
Current Legacy: The all-time record for rushing touchdowns and points scored in a season, Tomlinson (pictured during 2008 AFC title game loss to Patriots) is perhaps best known for his playoff failures and shortcomings.
Current Legacy: McNabb (pictured with Eagles during Super Bowl XXXIX) has played in five NFC championship games and one Super Bowl, but has yet to hoist the Lombardi Trophy. A new team, a new coach, and a new source of motivation should make McNabb a sentimental favorite around the league this season with the Redskins. MORE: Schrager's 2010 outlook for each title-starved player