The 10 Best Modern Athletes To Never Win A Title

  • 10. Randy Moss

    Starting us off at number 10 is who Peter Schrager of Fox Sports calls the “Dos Equis guy of the NFL.” The most interesting man in football. From his explosiveness off the snap to his ability to make impossible catches, Randy Moss was a thrill to watch. Not only was he a pleasure to the eye, he had skill. Moss holds two of the top five spots on the most TD receptions in one season list — spot No. 1 over Jerry Rice to be exact, along with spot No. 5. He surely deserved an Super Bowl ring with that kind of talent.

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  • 9. Allen Iverson

    There’s lots of hype surrounding Swaggy P’s new deal with the Lakers. He brings excitement and a sense of “swag” to his play on the court. For multiple-decade NBA fans however, this excitement is old news. Why? Because Allen Iverson did it first. The 2001 NBA MVP, 11-time All-Star, and the man with the most memorable crossover on Michael Jordan surely deserved an NBA championship.

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  • 8. Greg Norman

    The only golfer on our list locks in at No. 8. Greg Norman is one of about five names in golf that someone who doesn’t follow or know anything about the sport (or hobby, depending on your view…) would recognize. Norman won The British Open in 1986, yet failed to win any of the three United States Majors, all of which draw higher ratings than The British Open. However, he did get second place in all three: The Masters, PGA Championship, and US Open. Being what the military calls the “first loser” in the three of the four most prestigious golf tournaments in the world has to hurt, so welcome to the list, Greg Norman.

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  • 7. Cris Carter

    A one-time teammate of Randy Moss, there’s no question Carter was one of the best wide receivers ever. He ranks fourth all time in catches; ninth in receiving yards; and eighth all time in touchdowns among all players. Amazingly, Carter lost his first six playoff games, and didn’t win one until the 1997 season when he was already 32 years old. The following year was his best shot at a title, teaming up with Moss to push the Vikings to a 15-1 record and a spot in the NFC Championship. Minnesota was a 13-point favorite against the upstart Falcons and yet found a way to lose the game. (Gary Anderson missing the first kick of his entire season comes to mind.) It was a pity, because the future ESPN analyst deserved a chance to play his way off this list.

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  • 6. Barry Bonds

    One of the game’s best hitters ever has 762 home runs in his career. This guy was a natural born slugger who was bred for baseball — his dad played in the league and his godfather was, wait for it… Willie Mays. Regardless of where his skill came from, a 14-time All-Star, eight-time Gold Glove winner, and seven-time National League MVP deserves at least one World Series win, hence his presence in our No. 6 spot.

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  • 5. Ken Griffey Jr.

    Ken Griffey Jr. was one of the most exciting players to ever play the game of baseball. Known for his potential to hit home runs at any moment, Griffey brought excitement on the other side of the plate as well. With 630 career home runs, 10 Gold Glove awards, and 13 All-Star appearances, it’s almost a no-brainer that he would’ve been part of World Series team at some point in his 22-year career. However, unfortunately, the opposite is the case. Welcome to our list, Ken Griffey Jr.

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  • 4. Barry Sanders

    Barry Sanders clocks in at four, however, many individuals — including myself and Bleacher Report — call him the greatest running back to ever play the game. His Pro Bowl count equaled the amount of years he was in the league (10), and the amount of times he lifted the Lombardi Trophy above his head equaled the same amount of times I’ve had that experience: zero. Sanders’ meager size of 5-8 never stopped him from scoring touchdowns, and neither did linebackers. As one of the greatest of all time, Barry Sanders sure deserved a Super Bowl ring.

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  • 3. Charles Barkley

    Charles Barkley, you mean the NBA commentator/analyst? No, I mean the guy with that memorable golf swing, and uncanny ability to throw down slams. Barkley could not only take it paint to paint and finish with style, but he also played with a certain flare. From his signature smile to his battles in the paint, Charles was a player to remember. He deserved an NBA championship. Despite his lack of a ring, he’s a 10-time NBA All-Star who’s constantly an on-screen icon giving us “winning” memories.

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  • 2. Karl Malone/John Stockton

    Since they were so interlocked for the majority of their careers, it almost feels like we have to count Karl “The Mailman” Malone and John Stockton as one. They probably deserved a title more than anyone else in our top 10. As if being a two-time NBA MVP and 14-time All-Star wasn’t enough — or, in Stockton’s case, a 10-time All-Star and the career leader in assists and steals — Malone also helped lead the USA to two gold medals in the 1992 and 1996 Olympics. Malone was a powerhouse, capable of taking it to the rack and throwing down absolutely vicious slams, while his point guard was a workhorse, a nonstop pest on one end and a maestro on the other. Watch these highlights and you’ll see why the duo was the best pick-n-roll tandem ever.

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  • 1. Dan Marino

    Claiming the top spot is the nine-time Pro Bowler and Superbo…, no wait, correction, just a nine-time Pro Bowler and 12-time Miami Dolphins MVP, Dan Marino. He was arguably one of the best QBs to ever play in the NFL, and for him not to have won a Super Bowl makes me feel as bad as the Jets when Marino robbed them of a victory in 1994 on his famous fake spike play. Actually, it’s even more heartbreaking than that. The NFL has been established for 94 years, almost a century, and according to, Marino is the 25th greatest player to have ever played the game. Dan Marino, just like the other nine “greats” on this list, deserved to win it all.

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  • Randy Moss
  • Greg Norman
  • Cris Carter
  • Ken Griffey Jr.
  • Barry Sanders
  • Dan Marino

With the Stanley Cup and NBA Finals coming to a close last month, it feels as though the next cycle of sports seasons is beginning. The MLB is in full swing, pun intended, but is it just me or does it feel like the NFL season begins the sports calendar? Either way, our country’s most popular sports are about to get underway once again, which means yet another chance for every passionate athlete to claim their “Super Bowl” or “World Series” championship title that they can carry with them the rest of their lives. It’s as though an athlete is securing his or her reputation in sports once they win a championship.

With this in mind, there are plenty of incredible sports stars who deserve credit where credit is due, regardless of their ring or world championship count. We’re only talking recent athletes here, too, so you won’t see names like Ted Williams, Ernie Banks or Marcel Dionne. Here are the 10 best modern athletes to never win a title.

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