The Top 3 NFL Quarterbacks who have yet to win a Super Bowl
Super Bowls are not easy to come by in the NFL for any position. Ask Dan Marino. Marino is regarded as one of the best quarterbacks in NFL history but in his 17-year career—the Lombardi Trophy eluded him.
Football is the ultimate team sport where you need all 53 guys on your roster to do their part. Even though, when the franchise fails to reach the Super Bowl, the blame is put on the quarterback.
For many years, Super Bowl rings have been used as an argument to discuss who the best quarterbacks in history are. Although, there needs to be context involved like how Marino didn’t have a 1,000-yard rusher on his team until 1996.
Context matters in a lot of players cases. Again, Super Bowls are a daunting task for quarterbacks to accomplish. In today’s NFL, there are a few talented quarterbacks who are still in pursuit of their first Lombardi trophy.
Here are the top three quarterbacks in the NFL who have yet to win a Super Bowl in their career.
3. Cam Newton
Number three on the list is the only one of the three quarterbacks who has actually made a Super Bowl. Of course, Newton was bombarded by the Denver Broncos’ pass rush en route a 24-10 loss to Peyton Manning’s Broncos.
During that season, Newton helped lead the Carolina Panthers to an impressive 15-1 record. His 3,837 passing yards, 636 rushing yards, and 45 total touchdowns were able to net him the MVP honors.
Coming into the postseason, the Panthers were the prohibitive favorite to win it all. Von Miller and the Broncos defense had other plans. The Panthers quarterback was constantly under pressure, getting sacked six times and fumbling it twice.
Newton is hoping he didn’t fumble his only chance at winning a Super Bowl. Last season, it looked like the Panthers were on their way to another impressive season before Newton suffered a shoulder injury.
In 2019, Newton is set to return from his shoulder injury, and he has his eyes set on helping the Panthers bring home their first Super Bowl win in franchise history.
2. Andrew Luck
Andrew Luck has helped the Indianapolis Colts stay relevant since the departure of Peyton Manning. Luck has led the Colts to double-digit wins in four out of the six years he has played in.
Of course, like Manning, Luck missed an entire season due to a neck/shoulder injury that led some to believe he’d never be the same again. The Colts signal-caller made note of that and went on to throw for 4, 593 yards and 39 touchdowns in 2018—a year after missing the entire 2017 season.
So far in his career, Luck has struggled in the playoffs after having impressive regular seasons. In eight career playoff games, Luck has completed just 56% of his passes with 12 touchdowns, and 13 interceptions.
Those numbers aren’t great by any means, but again, the context has to be taken into account. Before 2018, Luck has had some of the worst offensive lines in the NFL. In addition to that, he hasn’t had a consistent running game to help take some of the pressure off of him.
Nonetheless, Luck is a talented quarterback in the NFL who hopes to someday bring Indianapolis another championship like Manning once did.
1. Philip Rivers
Like many quarterbacks, Philip Rivers can’t seem to get past the New England Patriots and Tom Brady. Throughout his career, Rivers has been eliminated by the Patriots three times. His career record against Brady is 1-5.
Rivers landed in the San Diego Chargers (now Los Angeles Chargers) lap after the team traded Eli Manning for Rivers during the 2004 NFL Draft. That draft contained Manning, Rivers, and Ben Roethlisberger.
Out of those three guys, Rivers is the only one on a quest to win his first Super Bowl. Just a few years ago, it seemed like the window was rapidly closing for Rivers chances to secure a Super Bowl.
Then, Anthony Lynn arrived in Los Angeles, and the Chargers have become a contender once again. Last season, the Chargers found themselves going 12-4 during the regular season—only to be matched up with the New England Patriots in the AFC Divisional Round.
Of course, Rivers was sent home by Brady once again, but the Chargers hopes of making a run at the Super Bowl are very much alive in 2019. The team has talent on both sides of the ball, and the 37-year old Rivers is ready to finally add a Super Bowl ring to his collection of accolades.