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18 of the Richest NFL Players Who Never Won a Super Bowl

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The Super Bowl spotlight always shines brightest for the winners. The game’s MVP famously stars in a Disney World commercial, shouting, “I’m going to Disney World!” as the confetti rains down around him. With the label of “champion” comes lots of cash, too.

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But what about those players who never win it all? Plenty of those players fared well, too — some who lost more than one Super Bowl, others who never even reached the playoffs.

GOBankingRates looked at the richest NFL players from Celebrity Net Worth and cross-referenced that list with the list of players who never won a Super Bowl. Read on to see who heads the rankings.

Last updated: Feb. 2, 2021

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Ed Zurga/AP/Shutterstock (6480141a)JAMES Indianapolis Colts running back Edgerrin James (32) takes a Peyton Manning pass 27 yards for a touchdown during the third quarter of their game with the Kansas City Chiefs, in Kansas City, Mo.
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Ed Zurga/AP/Shutterstock (6480141a)JAMES Indianapolis Colts running back Edgerrin James (32) takes a Peyton Manning pass 27 yards for a touchdown during the third quarter of their game with the Kansas City Chiefs, in Kansas City, Mo.

Edgerrin James

  • Net worth: $40 million

  • Years Active in NFL: 1999-2009

  • Teams: Indianapolis Colts, Arizona Cardinals, Seattle Seahawks

  • Position: RB

James played in one Super Bowl, rushing nine times for 33 yards in the Arizona Cardinals’ 27-23 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLIII. He does have a Super Bowl ring, sent to him by Colts owner Jim Irsay after the team won the title the year after James left.

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Mandatory Credit: Photo by David Zalubowski/AP/Shutterstock (6030925bi)Champ Bailey Denver Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey heads to his position on the field against the San Diego Chargers Denver Broncos in the first quarter of an NFL football game in Denver onChargers Broncos Football, Denver, USA.
Mandatory Credit: Photo by David Zalubowski/AP/Shutterstock (6030925bi)Champ Bailey Denver Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey heads to his position on the field against the San Diego Chargers Denver Broncos in the first quarter of an NFL football game in Denver onChargers Broncos Football, Denver, USA.

Champ Bailey

  • Net worth: $45 million

  • Years Active in NFL: 1999-2013

  • Teams: Washington Redskins, Denver Broncos

  • Position: DB

Bailey reached Super Bowl XLVIII with the Broncos, but they lost 43-8 to the Seattle Seahawks.

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Mandatory Credit: Photo by Danny Moloshok/AP/Shutterstock (9270969dj)Former NFL player and NFL Network's LaVar Arrington is interviewed during a media availability on set at the NFL Network studios, in Culver City, CaliforniaNFL Network, Culver City, USA - 9 Sep 2015.
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Danny Moloshok/AP/Shutterstock (9270969dj)Former NFL player and NFL Network's LaVar Arrington is interviewed during a media availability on set at the NFL Network studios, in Culver City, CaliforniaNFL Network, Culver City, USA - 9 Sep 2015.

LaVar Arrington

  • Net worth: $45 million

  • Years Active in NFL: 2000-2006

  • Teams: Washington Redskins, New York Giants

  • Position: LB

The furthest Arrington went in the playoffs was the NFC divisional round, a 20-10 loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

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Mandatory Credit: Photo by Rick Osentoski/AP/Shutterstock (9272825dt)Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (81) during warm ups before an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers at Ford Field in Detroit49ers Lions Football, Detroit, USA - 27 Dec 2015.
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Rick Osentoski/AP/Shutterstock (9272825dt)Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (81) during warm ups before an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers at Ford Field in Detroit49ers Lions Football, Detroit, USA - 27 Dec 2015.

Calvin Johnson

  • Net worth: $45 million

  • Years Active in NFL: 2007-2015

  • Teams: Detroit Lions

  • Position: WR

Considered one of the greatest receivers in NFL history, “Megatron” never won a playoff game during his career with the Lions.

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Albert Haynesworth overpaid NFL player
Albert Haynesworth overpaid NFL player

Albert Haynesworth

  • Net worth: $45 million

  • Years Active in NFL: 2002-2011

  • Teams: Tennessee Titans, Washington Redskins, New England Patriots, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • Position: DT

The closest Haynesworth came to playing in a Super Bowl was in 2002, when the Titans lost 41-24 to the Oakland Raiders in the AFC championship game.

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Vincent Jackson
Vincent Jackson

Vincent Jackson

  • Net worth: $50 million

  • Years Active in NFL: 2005-2016

  • Teams: San Diego Chargers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • Position: WR

In Jackson’s stellar career, he reached one AFC Championship Game, losing 21-12 to the New England Patriots in 2008. He never played in the Super Bowl.

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Mandatory Credit: Photo by Orlin Wagner/AP/Shutterstock (6404909c)GONZALEZ Kansas City Chiefs receiver Tony Gonzalez (88) pleads for a call from officials during the second quarter of their game against the New England Patriots at Arrowhead Stadium, in Kansas City, MoPATRIOTS CHIEFS, KANSAS CITY, USA.
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Orlin Wagner/AP/Shutterstock (6404909c)GONZALEZ Kansas City Chiefs receiver Tony Gonzalez (88) pleads for a call from officials during the second quarter of their game against the New England Patriots at Arrowhead Stadium, in Kansas City, MoPATRIOTS CHIEFS, KANSAS CITY, USA.

Tony Gonzalez

  • Net worth: $50 million

  • Years Active in NFL: 1997-2013

  • Teams: Kansas City Chiefs, Atlanta Falcons

  • Position: TE

One of the greatest tight ends in NFL history, Gonzalez never played in a Super Bowl. After years of heartbreak with the Kansas City Chiefs, Gonzalez reached the NFC Championship Game with the Atlanta Falcons in 2013, but Atlanta lost 28-24 to San Francisco.

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Marcus Trufant Seattle Seahawks' Marcus Trufant takes a last glance back as he returns an interception for a touchdown against the Washington Redskins in an NFL wildcard football game in Seattle.
Marcus Trufant Seattle Seahawks' Marcus Trufant takes a last glance back as he returns an interception for a touchdown against the Washington Redskins in an NFL wildcard football game in Seattle.

Marcus Trufant

  • Net worth: $50 million

  • Years Active in NFL: 2003-2012

  • Teams: Seattle Seahawks

  • Position: DB

Trufant played in 11 playoff games with the Seahawks but only one Super Bowl, a 21-10 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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Mandatory Credit: Photo by Paul Cannon/AP/Shutterstock (6620098a)Gale Sayers Gale Sayers, Chicago Bears' sensational halfback, smiles happily after scoring six touchdowns against San Francisco 49ers as the Bears won, 61-20, in Chicago, .
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Paul Cannon/AP/Shutterstock (6620098a)Gale Sayers Gale Sayers, Chicago Bears' sensational halfback, smiles happily after scoring six touchdowns against San Francisco 49ers as the Bears won, 61-20, in Chicago, .

Gale Sayers

  • Net worth: $50 million

  • Years Active in NFL: 1965-1971

  • Teams: Chicago Bears

  • Position: RB

“The Kansas Comet” was one of the most elusive running backs in history, but he never won a playoff game.

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Mandatory Credit: Photo by Anonymous/AP/Shutterstock (6577863b)Dan Marino, Miami Dolphins' quarterback, is shown in action during the Super Bowl XIX, against the 49ers in Palo Alto, CaliforniaSuper Bowl Marino 1985, Palo Alto, USA.
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Anonymous/AP/Shutterstock (6577863b)Dan Marino, Miami Dolphins' quarterback, is shown in action during the Super Bowl XIX, against the 49ers in Palo Alto, CaliforniaSuper Bowl Marino 1985, Palo Alto, USA.

Dan Marino

  • Net worth: $50 million

  • Years Active in NFL: 1983-1999

  • Teams: Miami Dolphins

  • Position: QB

Marino reached just one Super Bowl in his legendary career, a 38-16 loss to the San Francisco 49ers in his second season. Everyone assumed he’d return, but he never did.

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SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 11:  Running back Arian Foster #29 of the Miami Dolphins rushes against the Seattle Seahawks in the first quarter at CenturyLink Field on September 11, 2016 in Seattle, Washington.
SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 11: Running back Arian Foster #29 of the Miami Dolphins rushes against the Seattle Seahawks in the first quarter at CenturyLink Field on September 11, 2016 in Seattle, Washington.

Arian Foster

  • Net worth: $50 million

  • Years Active in NFL: 2009-2016

  • Teams: Houston Texans, Miami Dolphins

  • Position: RB

Foster was a punishing, powerful running back who reached the playoffs twice with the Texans, never advancing beyond the divisional round.

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Mandatory Credit: Photo by Charlie Neibergall/AP/Shutterstock (6033733a)WILLIAMS St.
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Charlie Neibergall/AP/Shutterstock (6033733a)WILLIAMS St.

Aeneas Williams

  • Net worth: $50 million

  • Years Active in NFL: 1991-2004

  • Teams: Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals, St. Louis Rams

  • Position: DB

Williams came oh-so-close to a Super Bowl title in 2001, when his Rams lost 20-17 to some guy named Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.

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Tony Romo, football
Tony Romo, football

Tony Romo

  • Net worth: $70 million

  • Years Active in NFL: 2004-2016

  • Teams: Dallas Cowboys

  • Position: QB

The long-time Cowboys great was never known for his playoff success. He played in six playoff games, losing twice in the divisional round and never reaching the NFC Championship Game. He will, however, be calling the Super Bowl as a broadcaster for CBS.

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Mandatory Credit: Photo by Roger Steinman/AP/REX/Shutterstock (9843384j)Arizona Cardinals quarterback Sam Bradford drops back to pass against the Dallas Cowboys during a preseason NFL football game in Arlington, TexasCardinals Cowboys Football, Arlington, USA - 26 Aug 2018.
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Roger Steinman/AP/REX/Shutterstock (9843384j)Arizona Cardinals quarterback Sam Bradford drops back to pass against the Dallas Cowboys during a preseason NFL football game in Arlington, TexasCardinals Cowboys Football, Arlington, USA - 26 Aug 2018.

Sam Bradford

  • Net worth: $70 million

  • Years Active in NFL: 2010-2018

  • Teams: St. Louis Rams, Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Vikings, Arizona Cardinals

  • Position: QB

The former No. 1 overall pick never reached the playoffs during his career. Bradford might be best known for being the last No. 1 overall draft pick to sign a deal before the collective bargaining agreement changed to institute a rookie salary cap. Bradford signed a six-year, $78 million rookie deal.

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Mandatory Credit: Photo by Adrian Kraus/AP/REX/Shutterstock (9884251dl)Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers during the first half of an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills, in Orchard Park, N.
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Adrian Kraus/AP/REX/Shutterstock (9884251dl)Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers during the first half of an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills, in Orchard Park, N.

Philip Rivers

  • Net worth: $80 million

  • Years Active in NFL: 2004-2020

  • Teams: San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers, Indianapolis Colts

  • Position: QB

Rivers, who retired after the 2020 season, threw for an amazing 63,440 yards in his 17-year career. However, he never reached a Super Bowl, losing the 2007 AFC Championship Game 21-12 to the New England Patriots.

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Mandatory Credit: Photo by Ed Betz/AP/Shutterstock (6032801b)PALMER Carson Palmer, a quarterback from Southern Cal, holds up a Cincinnati Bengals jersey after they selected him as the No.
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Ed Betz/AP/Shutterstock (6032801b)PALMER Carson Palmer, a quarterback from Southern Cal, holds up a Cincinnati Bengals jersey after they selected him as the No.

Carson Palmer

  • Net worth: $90 million

  • Years Active in NFL: 2004-2017

  • Teams: Cincinnati Bengals, Oakland Raiders, Arizona Cardinals

  • Position: QB

Despite a long, stellar career, Palmer reached the playoffs only three times. The closest he came to the Super Bowl was when his Cardinals lost 49-15 to the Carolina Panthers in the NFC Championship Game after the 2015 season.

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Mandatory Credit: Photo by Alex Berliner/BEI/Shutterstock (5121639by) Tom Condon 2008 Cedars Sinai Sports Spectacular June 1, 2008 - Century City, CA. Tom Condon . The 23rd annual Cedars-Sinai Sports Spectacular held at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza. Photo by Alex Berliner®Berliner Studio/BEImages
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Alex Berliner/BEI/Shutterstock (5121639by) Tom Condon 2008 Cedars Sinai Sports Spectacular June 1, 2008 - Century City, CA. Tom Condon . The 23rd annual Cedars-Sinai Sports Spectacular held at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza. Photo by Alex Berliner®Berliner Studio/BEImages

Tom Condon

  • Net worth: $100 million

  • Years Active in NFL: 1974-1985

  • Teams: Kansas City Chiefs, New England Patriots

  • Position: G

Condon had a long, storied career but never reached the playoffs.

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Mandatory Credit: Photo by Uncredited/AP/Shutterstock (6613818a)Fran Tarkenton, Bud Grant Bud Grant, left, Minnesota Vikings head coach, and quarterback Fran Tarkenton are a happy pair after the Vikings defeated the Dallas Cowboys 27-17 to win the NFC Championship in Irving, TexasVikings Tarkenton, Irving, USA.
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Uncredited/AP/Shutterstock (6613818a)Fran Tarkenton, Bud Grant Bud Grant, left, Minnesota Vikings head coach, and quarterback Fran Tarkenton are a happy pair after the Vikings defeated the Dallas Cowboys 27-17 to win the NFC Championship in Irving, TexasVikings Tarkenton, Irving, USA.

Fran Tarkenton

  • Net worth: $100 million

  • Years Active in NFL: 1961-1978

  • Teams: Minnesota Vikings, New York Giants

  • Position: QB

Tarkenton reached three Super Bowls but lost them all, earning a dubious distinction as one of only three quarterbacks to reach and lose three title games. The legendary quarterback went on to a career in broadcasting and was a host for the show “That’s Incredible.” Tarkenton also founded a software company before selling it in 1994.

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Methodology: In order to find the richest former NFL players who never won a Super Bowl, GOBankingRates used both Celebrity Net Worth’s “Top 50 Richest NFL Players” and BleacherReport’s “The Best Players to Never Win a Super Bowl” and cross-referenced them with Pro-Football reference to make sure the players were both retired and had never been on a Super Bowl-winning roster. For those players who qualified, GOBankingRates found each player’s (1) net worth; (2) position; (3) years active in the NFL; and (4) teams played for. All data was collected on and up to date as of Jan. 21, 2020.

This article originally appeared on GOBankingRates.com: 18 of the Richest NFL Players Who Never Won a Super Bowl