Players with the most Super Bowl appearances

Posted January 28, 2020  |  By Seth Trachtman

Some players never reach the NFL's ultimate game. Those players aren't on this list. Here, we lay out the NFL's most frequent participants in the Super Bowl.

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Tom Brady, QB, nine
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Brady has won four Super Bowl MVPs and six Super Bowls with the Patriots, and his games haven't been without drama. He appeared in his third straight Super Bowl last year at age 41.

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Stephen Gostkowski, K, six
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Gostkowski came into the league in 2006 with the Patriots and appeared in six Super Bowls over his first 13 seasons, winning three of them. 

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Mike Lodish, NT, six
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Lodish had a productive 11-year career between Buffalo and Denver and appeared in the Super Bowl in more than half of his seasons. While Lodish didn't win in four tries with the Bills, he won back-to-back Super Bowls with the Broncos.

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Cornelius Bennett, LB, five
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Bennett has the misfortune of making — and losing — five Super Bowls. His first four came with the Bills, and then he lost Super Bowl XXXIII with the Falcons. He made five Pro Bowls over his career and has received Hall of Fame consideration. 

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Tedy Bruschi, LB, five
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Bruschi was a stalwart of coach Bill Belichick's defenses, but he appeared in only one Pro Bowl. He made the Super Bowl in his rookie season in 1996 and added four more during his career.

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Larry Cole, DE, five
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The Cowboys defensive end was on some dominant Cowboys teams in the 1970s, starting in Super Bowl V. He spent his entire 13-year career with Dallas.

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John Elway, QB, five
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Of course, Elway's Super Bowls were about one decade apart. He lost three Super Bowls in four years with Denver in the late 1980s but came back to win Super Bowl XXXII and XXXIII back to back. The Hall of Famer also made nine Pro Bowls and was the 1987 NFL MVP and 1998 Super Bowl MVP.

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Marv Fleming, TE, five
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Fleming played in Super Bowls I and II with Green Bay and then didn't make it back until Super Bowl VI with Miami. He played in the following two games with the Dolphins. For his five Super Bowls, Fleming had only seven receptions for 84 yards.

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Charles Haley, DE, five
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Haley appeared in two Super Bowls with the 49ers before going over to the enemy Cowboys and tallying three more. He made the Hall of Fame after five Pro Bowl appearances and six seasons with double-digit sacks.

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Cliff Harris, DB, five
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A six-time Pro Bowler with the Cowboys, Harris appeared in Dallas' five Super Bowls during the 1970s. He had at least two picks in every season of his career, finishing with 29.

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D.D. Lewis, LB, five
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Lewis played in 27 career playoff games and made five Pro Bowls with the Cowboys in the 1970s. He started 20 of those games.

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Matt Light, OT, five
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A three-time Pro Bowler and one-time All-Pro, Light started all 20 of his playoff games and made five Super Bowls with the Patriots during his 11-year career.

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Glenn Parker, OG, five
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Parker appeared in four Super Bowls with the Bills and made it back seven years later with the Giants. Unfortunately, that team couldn't pull out the big game either. Parker started 16 playoff games during his career.

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Preston Pearson, RB, five
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Pearson has the odd feat of appearing in five Super Bowls with three different teams. He appeared in Super Bowl III with the Baltimore Colts, Super Bowl IX with the Steelers and Super Bowls X, XII and XIII with Dallas. A fine role player, he rushed for 3,609 yards over his career.

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Bill Romanowski, LB, five
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A fierce competitor, Romanowski appeared in five Super Bowls with three different teams. He made the Super Bowl while with the 49ers at the beginning of his career and then won two Super Bowls with Denver in the late 1990s. He spent his last two seasons in Oakland, appearing in the Raiders' Super Bowl XXXVII loss.

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Adam Vinatieri, PK, five
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A surefire Hall of Famer, Vinatieri's game-winning kick in Super Bowl XXXVI is one of the iconic images of NFL history. He appeared in four Super Bowls with the Patriots before going to the Colts and appearing in one more.

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Charlie Waters, DB, five
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A three-time Pro Bowler, Waters was another mainstay on the Cowboys teams of the 1970s. He had 22 career playoff starts over his career.

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Rayfield Wright, OT, five
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Wright is in the Hall of Fame after making six Pro Bowls, and he was First-Team All-Pro three times. He made the Super Bowl five times with the Cowboys in the 1970s.

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Seth Trachtman is a fantasy sports expert and diehard Kansas City Chiefs fan still hoping for a Super Bowl win during his lifetime. He doesn't often Tweet, but when he does, you can find him on Twitter @sethroto.

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