Get a Hartford Courant subscription for less than 29 cents per day

Calvin Johnson

Some of NFL's biggest stars never played in Super Bowl

Some of the NFL's biggest all-time stars have a gaping hole on their playing resumes.

Sure, they've got Pro Bowl selections, All-Pro honors and even bronze busts in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. But they never got a chance to play in the Super Bowl.'

The first game, of course, was played in 1967, when it was known as the AFL-NFL World Championship Game until getting its current name in 1969. So players in the middle of Hall of Fame careers, such as Deacon Jones, Gale Sayers and Dick Butkus, had fewer chances to hoist the Lombardi Trophy.

Bad timing for some. Bad teams for others. And, for many, simply missed opportunities.

Here's a look at some other of the...