Unlike basketball, where one great player can make all of the difference between 30 wins and a seat in the lottery and a trip to the NBA Finals, football is a total team sport. There are 11 players on the field at all times. You have specialists galore, from kickers and punters and special teams players, to inside linebackers to offensive guards to receivers. You have coordinators and position coaches. You have playbooks and schemes. You have everything. Basically, unless you’re a quarterback, your impact will always be limited because there are just too many variables for one man to overcome.
Despite that reality, players are still often solely judged on rings. This is true for quarterbacks more than anyone else — which is fair in a way — but even the skill position players must win to affirm their status. Take Barry Sanders for example. He was perennially held back by awful teams in Detroit and yet he consistently proved he was BY FAR the best running back in the NFL. Yet he might never have the cultural impact — at large — that someone like Emmitt Smith had. Smith played for America’s team. And he won. Multiple times.
With the Super Bowl right around the corner, this question is more relevant than ever. Which players in the NFL deserve rings? Deserve is a strong word to use, but when you’re out there doing your thing — whether it’s for five years, 10, or worse, 15 — and not getting any backup, you deserve some sympathy. So as you get ready for this year’s biggest game between New England and Seattle, make sure you give these cats a little respect. Here are The NFL Players That Absolutely Deserve Super Bowl Rings.
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