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A Final Shot at Glory – Is Super Bowl 55 the Last Chance for These Players to Win a Ring?

| December 12, 2020 3:48 am PDT
Super Bowl 55 - One More Shot

Playing in and winning Super Bowls north of 40 is quite an anomaly. In other words, not every NFL player has the same luxuries as Tom Brady.

In fact, there are a handful of former Pro-Bowlers who have never won a Super Bowl and may never get another opportunity to do so.

Other than in the current season, of course.

Of the notable players who have never won the Big Game, here are five with a shot in 2021.

Philip Rivers – Indianapolis Colts

Whether it’s by virtue of winning the AFC South or via a wild card slot, the Indianapolis Colts are going to the playoffs. Frank Reich’s defense is among the most reliable in football, and the offense is seeing a resurgence from T.Y. Hilton and others.

Getting past the Chiefs and advancing in the AFC is obviously a tall order, but it’s not something that’s out of the realm of possibilities.

Given that Philip Rivers is now 39-years-old and on a one-year deal in Indy, consider this his swan song.

In all likelihood, Chris Ballard will draft a quarterback in 2021. Either that or he trades for Sam Darnold.

Antonio Brown – Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Good luck to anyone who tries to predict Antonio Brown’s future. All that’s certain is that’s he’s currently in Tampa Bay, playing around 70% of the snaps for the Tom Brady-led offense.

Despite the inconsistencies we’ve seen from the Buccaneers, I don’t see a team in the NFC that Tampa Bay can’t defeat. We already saw the Bucs stomp on Aaron Rodgers and the Packers, and Seattle’s taken a turn for the worse.

New Orleans and Los Angeles are obvious threats, but AB and company have plenty of time to right the ship. In the event that Antonio Brown won Super Bowl 55, my guess is he’ll happily ride off into the sunset. After all, he’s already threatened to quit/retire multiple times.

Le’Veon Bell – Kansas City Chiefs

If Le’Veon Bell cares about winning a Super Bowl, he’s landed in a dream scenario.

Here’s a guy who was getting beat up in New York and not winning any games, and now he stays fresh on the best team in football. Splitting work with Clyde Edwards-Helaire gives Andy Reid two proficient running backs, and you know about KC’s passing attack.

Frankly, I don’t see anyone impeding the Chiefs progress and predict Kansas City will be the last team standing for the second straight year.

Remember, Bell turns 29 in February and becomes an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. He’ll likely never be in this position again.

Cameron Heyward – Pittsburgh Steelers

Arguably the heart and soul of the best defense in football, Cameron Heyward has racked up all sorts of accolades in his football career. A Pro Bowler in each of the last three seasons has twice been named as a First-Team All-Pro and is firmly entrenched as one of the best defensive tackles in football.

With that being said, the one piece of hardware that has evaded his presence is the Vince Lombardi Trophy.

Sure, the Steelers first-round pick in 2011 has been a force to be reckoned with for the past nine years. However, Heyward has never won a Super Bowl – let alone emerged from the AFC title game.

Perhaps it all comes together for Mike Tomlin’s crew in Super Bowl 55.

Jason Witten – Las Vegas Raiders

It’s a bit of a reach to think that the Raiders could win the 2021 Super Bowl. Nevertheless, they’re the only team who has proven they can beat the Chiefs this season, and they have a fairly easy schedule to finish off the year.

If the Raiders can at least get to 10-6 by season’s end, they’ll have a good shot at landing one of the three available wild card slots. From there, anything can happen.

Without getting sentimental or talking about “being deserving,” nobody would argue that Jason Witten is worthy of winning a Super Bowl. The 11x Pro Bowl tight end was honored as the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year (2012) and has also won the Bart Starr Award (2013).

Darren Wallen is the top TE on the roster, but the leadership Witten brings to the table in Vegas is unparalleled.

Final Words

If you’re betting on the 20201 Super Bowl, it’s worth taking into consideration that these five players could have more motivation than most.

It might just be their last chance to win the biggest prize in pro football.

Michael Wynn
Michael Wynn

As a former Division I collegiate golfer, Michael Wynn loves writing about golf. He's also an expert in most of America's most popular sports, writing extensively for GamblingSites.com on football, basketball, and baseball.

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