Every young football player’s dream is to win a championship, whether it’s playing to win a Super Bowl or winning it all in High School or College. To those athletes it’s a dream come true. For NFL players, the ultimate accomplishment is to win a Super Bowl. Some players are lucky and get on winning teams that win a lot of Super Bowls. For example, playing for the Patriots in recent memory has pretty much guaranteed their players a chance to contend for a Lombardi Trophy, as Brady and Belichick provide that opportunity year after year.
Some players go on a certain team just to win a championship, such as Darrelle Revis in 2014. The Patriots signed him not only because he was a great cornerback, but because he gave them the best shot at winning a Super Bowl. The Patriots would win the Super Bowl and Revis would leave, take his ring, and sign with the New York Jets the following season.
Some players deserve a ring, but never get one, like Dan Marino. Some players get a ring and they did nothing to contribute to the team other than show up. Some players may have had one key play that helped their team win, but were non-factors most of the time. That’s what this article is about; Super Bowl winners who either didn’t contribute much or were basically a flash in the pan. I’ll also tell you where they are today as some are coaches, stay at home dads, or own their own companies.
15. BRAD JOHNSON
Brad Johnson was a mediocre quarterback in the NFL. He had 166 touchdowns and 122 interceptions in his career. His one Super Bowl victory was in Super Bowl XXXVII with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He was 18 of 34 for 215 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception.
Johnson wasn’t really the reason they won the Super Bowl; they were playing the Oakland Raiders, Jon Gruden’s old team, and he had their number. Not to mention, the Bucccaneers made it to the Super Bowl on the backs of their defense, while Johnson merely had to be a game manager.
14. TRENT DILFER
Trent Dilfer was another mediocre NFL quarterback who won one Super Bowl with the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XXXV. The Ravens had a historically great defense at the time, which is why they even made the Super Bowl. He went 12 of 25 for 153 yards and one touchdown in the big game. In his career he passed for 113 touchdowns and 129 interceptions.
Dilfer recently got laid off from ESPN and gets bitter when he watches Monday Night Football. Dilfer tweeted after what seemed to be him watching Monday Night Football saying, “Sam was on fire. He could have filled an entire #DilferDimes segment on his own. Oh, I forgot, that segment no longer exists.” He currently works on the show called “Elite 11” which airs on the NFL Network.
13. DAVID CARR
David Carr’s only Super Bowl win was when he was a backup to Eli Manning in Super Bowl XLVI against the Patriots. Carr is an example of being at the right place at the right time. He really wasn’t much of a factor in the game or throughout his career. David Carr started his career in Houston after being the franchise’s first draft pick ever, passing for 59 touchdowns and 65 interceptions in his five years with the team. He’s regarded as one of the biggest QB busts of all time.
David Carr is currently an analyst on the NFL Network. Back when his brother Derek Carr was drafted, David was lobbying for the Raiders to sign him so he could back up his brother. That didn’t happen, so he’ll have to settle for cheering him on from the sidelines.
12. JARED LORENZEN
Jared Lorenzen had one Super Bowl win in his very short NFL career. This win came with the Giants in Super Bowl XLII. He was the third stringer to Eli Manning, and only threw eight passes in his two-year NFL career. He then went on to enjoy a career in the Arena Football League. But, Jared Lorenzen has battled weight problems for years. He was 320 pounds while a semi-pro quarterback with Northern Kentucky. Today he is 500 pounds and battling obesity.
Lorenzen is only 36 years old and has a 14-year-old daughter and a 7-year-old son. He told Today back in the summer, “It’s embarrassing, it’s life-altering, it’s scary,” talking about his weight. Lorenzen started a weight style called “The Lorenzen Project,” hoping to be an inspiration to other people that want to lose weight. We wish Lorenzen the best in his journey back to health.
11. REGGIE BUSH
Reggie Bush was a star running back at USC, but in the NFL he was a disappointment. He wasn’t a bad player, but after the college career he had, many expected more from him. Bush only had 36 touchdowns in his career. He only had five carries for 25 yards in the Saints’ Super Bowl win. He recorded 17 touchdowns when he was with the Saints for five seasons.
After that he spent two seasons in Detroit and two seasons with the Miami Dolphins. He also one season with the Buffalo Bills and the San Francisco 49ers.
Today Bush is a free agent looking for a team to sign him. He told TMZ Sports in September that he has been training, waiting for an NFL team to sign him. Bush also said he would switch position to wide receiver if he had to. But, if he doesn’t get signed (highly likely he won’t), he will retire after the 2017 NFL season.
10. MICHAEL PITTMAN
Michael Pittman won one Super Bowl with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl XXXVII. In the Super Bowl he rushed for 124 yards and 29 carries. While it was a solid outing, he had only 25 touchdowns in his career. With Tampa Bay, he recorded 10 touchdowns and 3,362 yards. He was there for six seasons. He also played in Arizona for four seasons and one season with the Denver Broncos. The reason he made this list is because he was just on the right team at the right time. The Bucs offense that year can thank the defense for their rings.
Today Michael Pittman is a proud father and a laid back kinda dad. He told Fansided he isn’t the Lavar Ball type of parent. Thank God for that.
9. LIMAS SWEED
Limas Sweed won one Super Bowl with the Steelers. Sweed was another player that was in the right place at the right time. Sweed only lasted two seasons in the NFL and had zero touchdowns and seven receptions for 69 yards. By the end of his rookie season, Sweed only caught six passes for 64 yards. He was in three playoff games with the Steelers and he only had 20 yards and two receptions, on five targets. Sweed didn’t catch a pass in the Super Bowl against the Arizona Cardinals.
After the NFL he would try to play football in Canada. He would be picked up by the Saskatchewan Roughriders. He’d then leave the team because his daughter’s mom had thyroid cancer and he needed to be there for this family. Today Sweed is a coach for basketball, football, and track at a middle school in Texas.
8. BRANDON BROWNER
Brandon Browner was right where he needed to be at the right time, twice. Once with the Seahawks, and once with the Patriots. With the Seahawks he was part of the Legion of Boom and in 2014 he was alongside Darrelle Revis with the Patriots. Browner signed with Seattle after a brief with the New Orleans Saints in 2015. Browner tried out for safety and was cut from the team.
Today he has been in some legal trouble. This past September he was charged with a felony in Los Angeles. He was arrested for suspicion of making criminal threats, but the police wouldn’t tell ESPN more information, as the investigation was ongoing. Also according to TMZ Sports, Browner was busted for cocaine back in May. Don’t expect him to be signed to a team anytime soon.
7. DAVID TYREE
David Tyree is really only famous for the helmet catch in Super Bowl XLII. He made this list because he is another example of a player being at the right place at the right time. The Patriots were trying to complete a perfect 19-0 season in 2007. But, David Tyree caught a pass on his helmet in the Super Bowl as Rodney Harrison was covering him. The Giants would stun the Patriots and win the Super Bowl, ending the perfect season. He only caught four touchdowns in his career and only had 650 yards. He spent five seasons with the Giants and one season with the Baltimore Ravens.
Today, Tyree is the director of player Engagement Department for the New York Giants. He was named the Director in 2014. Tyree was thrilled at the opportunity to serve the young players. We wonder if the team runs a helmet drill in practice.
6. ROHAN DAVEY
Rohan Davey is one of the many former backups for Tom Brady through the years. Davey is a two-time Super Bowl Champion with the New England. He made this list because Davey was again at the right place at the right time. If he was on any other team he probably wouldn’t have won a Super Bowl, since he wasn’t that good of a quarterback. He only passed for 88 yards in his short three-year career. He was cut during the 2005 preseason.
Following his NFL career, Davey played in the Arena Football League. He played on the New York Dragons in 2006. and for the San Antonio Talons in 2013. He now works for a concrete company, owns a catering business, and coaches youth football.
5. DAMON HUARD
You might be noticing a lot of former Patriots on the list, but they have won five Super Bowls in the 21st century, so that was expected. Huard is also famous for being one of many backup quarterbacks for Tom Brady. He happened to win a Super Bowl with the Patriots in Super Bowl XXXVIII. Perfect timing, which is why he made this list. Huard only played in four games with the Patriots and threw for zero touchdowns. He moved on to Kansas City from 2006-2008 and had a record of 10-11. He would throw for 33 touchdowns and 26 interceptions in his career.
Huard opened a winery in Washington State called Passing Time with Dan Marino in 2014. He now runs the daily operations, according to Sports Illustrated. His winery is about a four hour drive to Drew Bledsoe’s winery, also in Washington State.
4. BRIAN LEFTWICH
Byron Leftwich is proabably best remembered for being a mediocre starter with the Jacksonville Jaguars, but he is in fact also a former Super Bowl champion. Leftwich was on the Pittsburgh Steelers when they won Super Bowl XLIII against Arizona.
Leftwich had 58 touchdowns and 42 interceptions in his career. He played for Jacksonville before the Steelers for four seasons. With the Jaguars, he had 51 touchdowns and 36 interceptions. Leftwich was cut prior to the 2007 season when head coach Jack Del Rio opted to go with David Garrard as his starter over Leftwich.
In the three seasons with the Steelers, he had only two touchdowns and one interception. He really wasn’t needed because of the Steelers having Ben Roethlisberger. He would also play for the Atlanta Falcons and Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a season.
3. MARIO MANNINGHAM
Manningham has one Super Bowl win with the New York Giants. Manningham is best remembered for his tip-toe sideline catch on the Giants’ game winning drive in Super Bowl XLVI against the Patriots. In his six seasons in the league, he managed to cactch 19 touchdown passes. He was with the Giants for four seasons. After that he would play for the San Francisco 49ers for two seasons.
The main reason that Manningham is on this list is while he had his moments, following the Super Bowl win, his production dropped heavily and his career fizzled out very quickly. Manningham had some injury problems with his knee and is trying to make a come back in the NFL, still not announcing his official retirement.
2. J.R. REDMOND
J.R. Redmond was a member of the remarkable Super Bowl XXXVI Patriots team. He was on the right team at the right time. Redmond caught three passes for 24 yards on the Patriots’ game-winning drive in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl XXXVI. Other than that he really wasn’t a huge asset to the Patriots offense. He sure picked the right time to catch a little fire.
He only had one touchdown in his short five year career with New England and the Oakland Raiders. He only started in five games with the Patriots and one game with the Raiders. Today he is a coach at Just Pro Training. Their mission is to train for life, every facet of it. They are based in California.
1. JACOBY JONES
Jacoby Jones won Super Bowl XLVII with the Baltimore Ravens. One reason Jacoby Jones made this list is because he was constantly a disappointment in his production, although he did make two key plays en route to the Ravens’ Super Bowl win. There was of course, his 109 yard kick return in the Super Bowl. In the Divisional Round that year, Jones caught a prayer from Joe Flacco after safety Rahim Moore completely blew his coverage assignment in the Denver secondary.
Jones would only score four touchdowns in his 10 year NFL career. He played for the Houston Texans, Pittsburgh Steelers, San Diego Chargers as well as the Ravens.
This past September he returned to Baltimore to retire as a Raven. He told the Baltimore Sun, “The city of Baltimore accepted me. They took me in. It’s love, I appreciate it. Everything has to come to an end, but at least it’s here.”
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