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The best current NFL players without a Super Bowl appearance

It's every NFL player's dream to play in — and win — the Super Bowl. For some, even the greats, that unfortunately never happens.

Some of the game's very best have never reached the sport's pinnacle game. Here are active players who fit that description.

 
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Davante Adams, WR, Green Bay Packers

Davante Adams, WR, Green Bay Packers
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Green Bay has failed to get to the Super Bowl during Adams' career, which began in 2014. Aaron Rodgers' go-to receiver had 83 catches for 997 yards and five scores in only 10 regular season games during 2019.

 
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Jamal Adams, S, New York Jets

Jamal Adams, S, New York Jets
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Adams was named an All-Pro in 2019, but the Jets continued to lose regularly in his third NFL season. The safety had 75 tackles, 6.5 sacks, and one interception in 14 games.

 
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Keenan Allen, WR, Los Angeles Chargers

Keenan Allen, WR, Los Angeles Chargers
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Allen accumulated his third consecutive season with more than 1,100 yards receiving in 2019, garnering his third straight Pro Bowl appearance, as well. Unfortunately, the Chargers haven't had much playoff success over the last seven seasons.

 
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Odell Beckham Jr., WR, Cleveland Browns

Odell Beckham Jr., WR, Cleveland Browns
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Beckham has been one of the best wideouts in football since his rookie season in 2014. He has five 1,000 yard receiving seasons in six years.

 
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Nick Chubb, RB, Cleveland Browns

Nick Chubb, RB, Cleveland Browns
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Chubb is part of an impressive young Cleveland core, finishing his sophomore season with 1,494 yards rushing and eight touchdowns. He made the Pro Bowl in 2019 but has yet to make a playoff appearance.

 
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Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Dallas Cowboys

Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Dallas Cowboys
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Elliott has had four excellent NFL seasons in four years, leading the league in rushing yards per game in his first three campaigns. He's averaged more than 96 yards rushing per game during his career.

 
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Minkah Fitzpatrick, S, Pittsburgh Steelers

Minkah Fitzpatrick, S, Pittsburgh Steelers
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Fitzpatrick has emerged as an elite NFL safety, becoming an All-Pro in his second season between Miami and Pittsburgh. He had five interceptions in 2019, but has yet to make a playoff appearance.

 
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Derrick Henry, RB, Tennessee Titans

Derrick Henry, RB, Tennessee Titans
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Henry led the NFL with 1,540 rushing yards and 16 rushing touchdowns in 2019, and his Titans came oh-so-close to a Super Bowl appearance, losing to KC in the AFC Championship. The 6-foot-3 running back was named to his first Pro Bowl for his efforts.

 
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DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Houston Texans

DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Houston Texans
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If Hopkins isn't the best wide receiver in football, he's certainly in the conversation. He's made four Pro Bowls and been an All-Pro three times in seven seasons.

 
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Danielle Hunter, DE, Minnesota Vikings

Danielle Hunter, DE, Minnesota Vikings
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Hunter has 14.5 sacks in back-to-back seasons for Minnesota, emerging as one of their top defensive players. He's made the Pro Bowl in each of those seasons.

 
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Lamar Jackson, QB, Baltimore Ravens

Lamar Jackson, QB, Baltimore Ravens
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The likely NFL MVP in 2019, Jackson has struggled in the playoffs in back-to-back years. At age 23, he still has plenty of time to change the narrative.

 
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Alvin Kamara, RB, New Orleans Saints

Alvin Kamara, RB, New Orleans Saints
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Kamara has become a star in three NFL seasons with New Orleans. He has more than 1,300 yards from scrimmage in all three seasons.

 
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Khalil Mack, LB, Chicago Bears

Khalil Mack, LB, Chicago Bears
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A true NFL star and one of the elite pass rushers in the game, Mack was an All-Pro for the third time in 2018. He has 61.5 sacks over six seasons.

 
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Christian McCaffrey, RB, Carolina Panthers

Christian McCaffrey, RB, Carolina Panthers
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McCaffrey has become a unique star at the running back position in three seasons, and led the NFL with 2,392 yards from scrimmage and 19 touchdowns in 2019. He did make a playoff appearance with the Panthers in his rookie season, 2017.

 
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Quenton Nelson, OG, Indianapolis Colts

Quenton Nelson, OG, Indianapolis Colts
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Just two seasons into his career, Nelson has been an All-Pro twice already. The mauling guard appeared in the playoffs in 2018, but the Colts didn't make the postseason in 2019.

 
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Patrick Peterson, CB, Arizona Cardinals

Patrick Peterson, CB, Arizona Cardinals
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The speedy Peterson contributes both as a cornerback and on punt returns for the Cardinals. He's a three-time first team All-Pro, and 2019 is the first time in his career that he will miss the Pro Bowl.

 
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Jalen Ramsey, CB, Los Angeles Rams

Jalen Ramsey, CB, Los Angeles Rams
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Considered one of the league's top corners just four years into his career, Ramsey participated in an AFC Championship with the Jaguars early in his career. He hopes to make the Super Bowl soon after getting traded to the Rams during 2019.

 
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Philip Rivers, QB, Los Angeles Chargers

Philip Rivers, QB, Los Angeles Chargers
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Likely a future Hall of Famer, Rivers has thrown for at least 4,000 yards in 11 of the last 12 seasons. The Chargers made some playoff runs with Rivers under center early in his career, but fell short of the Super Bowl each time.

 
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Darius Slay, CB, Detroit Lions

Darius Slay, CB, Detroit Lions
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Slay has become one of the NFL's most consistent cover corners, making three consecutive Pro Bowls. During his seven-year career, the Lions have remained synonymous with losing, unfortunately.

 
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Tyron Smith, OT, Dallas Cowboys

Tyron Smith, OT, Dallas Cowboys
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One of the game's top left tackles, Smith has made seven straight Pro Bowls with the Cowboys.

 
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Adam Thielen, WR, Minnesota Vikings

Adam Thielen, WR, Minnesota Vikings
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Thielen has become a star for the Vikings over the last three years. He has two 1,000 yard seasons but struggled with a hamstring injury in 2019. In six seasons with the Vikes, Thielen hasn't advanced past the Conference Championship.

 
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Michael Thomas, WR, New Orleans Saints

Michael Thomas, WR, New Orleans Saints
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Through only four NFL seasons, Thomas has established himself as arguably the best wideout in the game. He had one of the greatest seasons ever by a receiver in 2019, with 149 catches for 1,725 yards and nine touchdowns.

 
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Deshaun Watson, QB, Houston Texans

Deshaun Watson, QB, Houston Texans
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Just three years into his NFL career, the former Clemson star already led the Texans to two AFC South titles. The mobile quarterback has many fine NFL seasons ahead of him.

 
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J.J. Watt, DE, Houston Texans

J.J. Watt, DE, Houston Texans
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A three-time Defensive Player of the Year Award winner, Watt has led the NFL in sacks twice during his nine-year career. He gutted out a pectoral injury to return in the playoffs this year but lost to Kansas City in the Divisional Round.

 
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T.J. Watt, OLB, Pittsburgh Steelers

T.J. Watt, OLB, Pittsburgh Steelers
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T.J. is following in brother J.J.'s footsteps as one of the top pass rushers in the NFL, and was named an All-Pro in 2019 with 14.5 sacks. Watt did make the playoffs in his rookie season in 2017, but the Steelers have failed to advance over the last two years.

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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