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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
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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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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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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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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

  • 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

  • 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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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

  • 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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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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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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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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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

  • 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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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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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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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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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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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.