Senior Writer: ANDY FLINT
We all know that winning a championship isn’t everything, but it is a pretty good measuring stick in the world of sports. And to the guys playing the game, nothing matters quite as much as hoisting up that shiny trophy as high as you can reach. This is the top 15 pro athletes to never win a championship.
#15: Warren Moon
- Talk about a competitor. Warren Moon was a truly gifted athlete. He could throw the ball as well as any QB of his era and he could scramble around to gain that oh-so valuable extra couple of seconds to make an important play. Moon certainly had the X-Factor, and despite never winning an NFL championship, it did earn Moon a place in the Hall Of Fame in 2006. Moon was a 9X Pro-Bowler, winner of the 1989 NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year award, 1990 NFL Newspaper Ent. Assoc. MVP and the 1990 NFL AP Offensive Player of the Year award winner. He threw for 4,600 passing yards in back-to-back seasons (1990-1991).
#14: Eric Dickerson
- Eric Dickerson was a marvel to watch play the running back position. Whether he was breaking tackles or simply just making plays for pay-dirt. Dickerson was the model of what a hard-nosed NFL running back should be. Dickerson was a 6X Pro-Bowler, the 1983 NFL AP Offensive Player of the Year and the 1986 NFL AP Offensive Player of the Year. Dickerson garnered eight 1,000+ yard rushing seasons. One of which he amassed of 2,000 on the ground. Eric would be enshrined into the NFL HOF in 1999.
- What more could Patrick Ewing have done in his career aside from collecting a ring? He’ll always be remembered as one of the best centers to ever lace em up, and memories will forever be called upon by New York Knicks fans from the 1990’s. Ewing was a such an intense player on the court, and his accomplishments are hard to deny. Ewing was an 11X NBA All-Star, the 1985/1986 NBA Rookie of the Year, 3X NBA All-Defensive teamer and a 7X All-NBA teamer.
- Jim Kelly is certainly the guy who had the best chance of winning a ring on this entire list. Kelly led the Buffalo Bills to four consecutive Super Bowls from 1990-1993, but could never walk away the victor. Easily one of the best and worst times in Buffalo Bills history. But these short-comings in the big game don’t take away from what Jim Kelly did over the course of his illustrious NFL career, which is why he was inducted into the HOF in 2002. Jim Kelly was a 5X Pro-Bowler, a member of the 1991 All-Pro first-team and a four-time AFC Divisional winner.
- Carl played 23 seasons for the Boston Red Sox and was enshrined Cooperstown in 1989 with a ballot count of 423/447. Yastrzemski was an 18x All-Star, winner of the 1967 ML Hutch Award, 1967 Major League Player of the Year, 1967 AL MVP, 1967 AL Triple Crown and the 1970 ML AS MVP. Frankly, the only thing Carl never won was an MLB title.
- Jim Ryun is widely viewed as the best “miler” ever. He made it to the Olympics three separate times (1964, 1968 and 1972) but would never clinch a gold medal for his efforts. Although Ryun would hold records in the half-mile, mile, 1,500 meter and indoor half-mile, he’d still never taste sweet victory when it counted most. However, Ryun did take the silver in the ’76 games, held in Mexico City, which was the closest he’d ever come to the gold.
- Highly regarded as the best offensive lineman to ever play in the National Football league, Munoz is remembered as an extremely skilled left tackle and staple for the Cincinnati Bengals. Munoz made 11 straight Pro Bowls, was a 9X first-team All-Pro and the 1991 NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year award winner. All these great accomplishments aside, Munoz never managed a ring, but was inducted into the Pro Football Hall Of Fame in 1998.
- Marcel spent 18 seasons in the NHL. In that time he scored 1,771 total points (731 goals, 1,040 assists). Dionne scored 50+ goals in 6 different seasons and 40+ in 10 seasons. Dionne’s total of 1,771 points is good for 5th all-time. He was an 8X NHL All-Star, a 2X Lady Byng Memorial trophy winner, a 2X Ted Lindsay award winner and the 1979/1980 Art Ross trophy winner. His numbers a pretty astounding for a guy who never grasped victory in the form of the Stanley Cup.
- Sir Charles had as good of an NBA career as basically anyone from his era. Chuck grabbed many honors over the course of his career, including 11 straight NBA All-Star appearances, the 1990/1991 NBA All-Star MVP, 11X All NBA teamer and the 1992/1993 NBA MVP. The “Round Mound of Rebound” was strong, wide and could score like a guard. His exceptional post-game and rebounding made him as fierce a player as I’ve ever seen.
- Elgin Baylor was an 11X NBA All-Star, a Final Four most outstanding player, 1958/1959 NBA All-Star MVP and 1958/1959 NBA Rookie of the Year. Baylor Had an incredible career, piling up points (27.4 ppg career) and rebounds (13.5 rpg career). He played for both the Minneapolis and Los Angeles Lakers teams and is a Laker legend.
- Ty Cobb played the great game of professional baseball from 1905 until 1928. That is one heck of a span to be a professional athlete. Cobb would retire in 1928 and be inducted into the HOF just eight years later in 1936 with a ballot count of 222/226. He won the 1909 AL Triple Crown and was the 1911 AL MVP. He has a lifetime batting average of .366, but Tyrus Raymond Cobb never won the most important hardware of all. A championship.
- Probably the most elusive and exciting back to ever play in the NFL. Barry was explosive, crafty and above all, he maintained an extremely high football IQ. I’ve never seen another running back diagnose a play and find space as well as Sanders. Too bad he retired well before his time. Sanders played 10 NFL seasons (all with the Lions) and he amassed 18,190 total yards and 109 total TD’s. He managed to break the 1,000 yard mark in each of his 10 seasons as a pro, as well as breaking the 1,500 yard mark 5 times (once for 2,000+). Sanders made the Pro Bowl in each of his 10 seasons, was a 5X First Team All-Pro, the 1989 NFL AP Offensive Rookie of the Year, 1991 NFL Bert Bell award winner, 1994 NFL AP Offensive Player of the Year award winner, 1997 NFL AP MVP, 1997 NFL PFWA MVP, 1997 NFL Newspaper Ent. Assoc. MVP, 1997 Bert Bell award winner and the 1997 NFL AP Player of the Year.
- The best point guard to power forward the league has ever saw, in my opinion. Stockton to Malone became an institution among sports sayings. The #2 All-Time scorer (Malone) and the #1 All-Time assist leader (Stockton) made a perfect combo of thunder and lighting, but never won an NBA title. They were always in the mix. But never got over that hump. Stockton was a 10x NBA All-Star, 1992/1993 NBA All-Star game MVP and racked up 15,806 career assits. Malone was a 14X NBA All-Star, 1988/1989 and 1992/1993 NBA All-Star game MVP, the 1996/1997 and 1998/1999 NBA MVP. He has 38,928 points scored total and was widely revered as the best power forward in the league for at least a decade.
- Dan “The Man” Marino is considered one of the best generals to have ever led his team onto the battlefield. This guy was deadly with the ball. He had a cannon and could thread the needle with the best of them. Marino played 17 seasons (all with the Miami Dolphins) and in that time he threw for a total of 61,361 passing yards (including 6 seasons over 4,000 and 1 season over 5,000) with 420 passing TD’s. He currently sits at #12 on the all-time players list and has done so without ever winning a championship. He was a 9X Pro Bowler, a 3X First-Team All-Pro, 1984 NFL AP MVP, 1984 NFL PFWA MVP, 1984 NFL Newspaper Ent. Assoc. MVP, 1984 NFL Bert Bell Award winner, 1984 NFL AP Offensive Player of the Year, 1994 NFL AP Comeback Player of the Year, 1998 NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year award winner. Marino was enshrined in the HOF in 2005.
- Teddy Ballgame ranks #3 on baseball’s all-time best players list, behind Babe Ruth and Willie Mays. But Ted was never able to win a coveted championship. He spent 19 seasons (all with the Boston Red Sox) playing in the major league and holds a batting average of .344 for his career. He was a 19X ALL-Star, 1941 ML Major League Player of the Year, 1942 ML Major League Player of the Year, 1942 AL Triple Crown, 1946 AL MVP, 1947 ML Major League Player of the Year, 1947 Al Triple Crown, 1949 ML Major League Player of the Year, 1949 AL MVP, 1957 ML Major League Player of the Year. The only thing that eluded Teddy was the one thing he wanted the most, a championship!