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The best who never played the Super Bowl

The best who never played the Super Bowl Offense QB Dan Fouts College: Oregon. Years pro: 1973-87 (San Diego Chargers). How close: AFC title game, 1980-81. RB Barry Sanders College: Oklahoma State. Years pro: 1989-99 (Detroit Lions). How close: N...

The best who never

played the Super Bowl

Offense

QB Dan Fouts

College: Oregon.

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Years pro: 1973-87 (San Diego Chargers).

How close: AFC title game, 1980-81.

RB Barry Sanders

College: Oklahoma State.

Years pro: 1989-99 (Detroit Lions).

How close: NFC title game, 1991.

RB Earl Campbell

College: Texas.

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Years pro: 1978-84 (Houston Oilers); 1984-85 (New Orleans Saints).

How close: AFC title game, 1978-79.

WR Cris Carter

College: Ohio State.

Years pro: 1987-89 (Philadelphia Eagles; 1990-2001 Minnesota Vikings; 2002, Dolphins).

How close: NFC title game, 1998.

WR Steve Largent

College: Tulsa.

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Years pro: 1976-89, Seattle Seahawks.

How close: AFC title game, 1983.

T Dan Dierdorf

College: Michigan.

Years pro: 1971-83 (St. Louis Cardinals).

How close: NFC divisional playoffs, 1974-75.

G Mike Munchak

College: Penn State.

Years pro: 1982-93 (Houston Oilers).

How close: AFC divisional playoffs, 1987-88, 1991, 1993.

C Jeff Van Note

College: Kentucky.

Years pro: 1969-86 (Atlanta Falcons).

How close: NFC divisional playoffs, 1978, 1980.

G Joe Delamielleure

College: Michigan State.

Years pro: 1973-1979, 1985 (Buffalo Bills); 1980-84 (Cleveland Browns).

How close: AFC divisional playoffs, 1974, 1980.

T Willie Roaf

College: Louisiana Tech.

Years pro: 1993-01 (New Orleans Saints); 2002-05 (Kansas City).

How close: NFC divisional playoffs, 2000.

TE Ozzie Newsome

College: Alabama.

Years pro: 1978-91 (Cleveland Browns).

How close: AFC title game, 1986-87, 1989.

Defense

DE Elvin Bethea

College: North Carolina A&T.

Years pro: 1968-83 (Houston Oilers).

How close: AFC title game, 1978-79.

DT Merlin Olsen

College: Utah State.

Years pro: 1962-76 (Los Angeles Rams).

How close: NFC title game, 1974-76.

DT Joe Klecko

College: Temple.

Years pro: 1977-87 (N.Y. Jets); 1988 (Colts).

How close: AFC title game, 1982.

DE Deacon Jones

College: South Carolina State.

Years pro: 1961-71 (Rams); 1972-73 (Chargers); 1974 (Redskins).

How close: NFC divisional playoffs, 1967, 1969, 1974.

OLB Derrick Thomas

College: Alabama.

Years pro: 1989-99 (Kansas City Chiefs).

How close: AFC title game, 1993.

MLB Dick Butkus

College: Illinois.

Years pro: 1965-73 (Chicago Bears).

How close: Never in a playoff game.

OLB Clay Matthews

College: Southern California.

Years pro: 1978-93 (Cleveland Browns); 1994-96 (Atlanta Falcons).

How close: AFC title game, 1986-87, 1989.

CB Lem Barney

College: Jackson State.

Years pro: 1967-77 (Detroit Lions).

How close: NFC divisional playoffs, 1970.

CB Jimmy Johnson

College: UCLA.

Years pro: 1961-76 (San Francisco 49ers).

How close: NFC title game, 1970-71.

FS Larry Wilson

College: Utah.

Years pro: 1960-72 (St. Louis Cardinals).

How close: Never in a Super Bowl playoff game.

SS Kenny Houston

College: Prairie View.

Years pro: 1967-72 (Houston Oilers); 1973-80 (Washington Redskins).

How close: AFL title game, 1967.

Kickers

K Nick Lowery

College: Dartmouth.

Years pro: 1980-93 (Kansas City Chiefs); 1994-96 (New York Jets).

How close: AFC title game, 1993.

P Greg Montgomery

College: Penn State/Michigan State.

Years pro: 1988-93 (Houston Oilers); 1994 (Lions); 1996-97 (Baltimore Ravens).

How close: AFC divisional playoffs, 1988, 1991, 1993.

- Charles Bricker, South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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