Last season, Fitzgerald became the youngest NFL receiver to reach 11,000 career receiving yards, hitting the mark at the age of 30. Fitzgerald has been to one Super Bowl with the Cardinals during the 2009 season against the Pittsburgh Steelers, catching two touchdowns in a exciting loss. At least he likely still has a few more years under his belt for another shot at a ring.
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Thought to be a possible bust after being traded to Seattle during the 2010 season by the Buffalo Bills, Lynch has thrived in his second pro-team home. Earning the nickname of 'Beast Mode,' Lynch has had three-straight 1,000-plus yard seasons since 2011, and now has a chance to add a Super Bowl win to his resume on Feb. 2 after helping the Seahawks earn their second-ever trip to the big game.
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Willis and the 49ers made a big comeback in Super Bowl XLVII against the Ravens, but it was in a losing effort in the end, keeping the linebacker ringless. Since being drafted by San Francisco in 2007, Willis has been named to the Pro Bowl in every season and is regarded as one of the best inside linebackers in the league -- and maybe the best overall. His 49ers made it back to the NFC Championship game in the 2013 postseason, but fell short of reaching the big game again in a loss to the Seahawks.
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Johnson, who joined the Texans in just the team's second season in 2003, has been there to see the best and worst of times for the NFL's youngest franchise. After a long wait, he and the Texans finally got a chance to appear in the playoffs in the 2011 and 2012 seasons, but 2013 turned out to be a nightmare when his team was expected to be a Super Bowl contender but instead ended up with a 2-14 record, the worst in the league.
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Despite missing almost all of the 2011 season, Charles has been one of the best at running back in the NFL. His Chiefs were the last unbeaten team of 2013, looking like a trip to the Super Bowl was inevitable, but Kansas City couldn't keep the momentum for the remainder of the season, eventually losing the AFC West to Denver. Charles sustained a concussion early in the Chiefs' wild-card game on the road in Indianapolis and Kansas City ultimately lost a high-scoring game.
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Since his first season in the NFL in 2005, Ware has recorded more sacks than any other player in the league over that span of time. Ware has been in the playoffs three times, and even helped the Cowboys win their first playoff game since 1996 in the 2009 season. However, after three-straight 8-8 seasons, the window could be closing for Ware and his odds to win his first Super Bowl.
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Bailey might not be on this list much longer with the Broncos reaching Super Bowl XLVIII this season. In his 15th year in the NFL, the veteran has been waiting a long time for the opportunity just to play in the big game. Bailey has been one of the best cornerbacks in the league for his entire career, even being named to the NFL's 2000s All-Decade team to go along with his 12 Pro Bowls, the most ever for a cornerback.
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Ryan had his worst season as a pro in 2013 with his Falcons only managing four wins, but considering the high level he has played at since being drafted by Atlanta with the third-overall pick in 2008, his numbers are still better than most of his peers overall. 'Matty Ice' did finally get over his personal hump of never winning a playoff game in 2012 despite qualifying for the postseason every season since his debut in 2008, but fell short of the Super Bowl -- losing in the NFC Championship game to the San Francisco 49ers.
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In the eyes of Detroit fans, Johnson could be the man to end the Lions' woes. And despite being on the infamous 0-16 team of the 2008 season, the wide receiver has exceeded all but the loftiest expectations in his stellar career. 'Megatron' broke Jerry Rice's single-season record for receiving yards in 2012, finishing with 1,964 yards, but the Lions fell short of the playoffs with only four wins just one season removed from his first postseason appearance in the 2011 campaign.
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Peterson, the 2012 NFL MVP, has only been in the NFL since 2007, but has managed to established himself as the best running back, and arguably as one of the best players overall in the league. Now, after accomplishing several personal records and awards, all that is left for Peterson is to win his first Super Bowl title, and Vikings fans hope that he can do so while still wearing Minnesota purple.