There are 11 quarterbacks in the Hall of Fame who have won the Super Bowl. Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and Brett Favre will join that elite group one day and a victory in Super Bowl XLIII next Sunday would most likely secure a place for Cardinals QB Kurt Warner in Canton.
Most would agree that Dan Marino is probably the best Super Bowl-era quarterback who never hoisted the Lombardi Trophy. He was just 23 and in his second season when Marino led the Dolphins to Super Bowl XIX, but Miami's 38-16 loss to San Francisco would be his only appearance in the big game.
Topped by Marino, here is my list of the best QBs to never win a Super Bowl.
Marino: The nine-time Pro Bowl QB was proof that defenses win championships. During a 17-year career with Miami, Marino threw for more than 61,000 yards and held several passing records when he retired. But he was just 8-10 in the postseason as a starter.
Jim Kelly: Marino played in just one Super Bowl because of Kelly and the Bills, who beat Miami three times in the playoffs, including once for the AFC Championship. As a starter, Kelly was 101-59 and led Buffalo to eight playoff appearances in 11 seasons. And the Bills went 49-15 between 1990-93, the most victories by a team during that four-year stretch. But the Bills lost four straight Super Bowls, a dubious feat that Marino probably wouldn't wished upon his nemesis.
Fran Tarkenton: He won 124 games during an 18-year career that began in 1961. But like Kelly, Tarkenton couldn't win the big one. Tarkenton was never at his best in Super Bowl losses to the Dolphins, Steelers and Raiders. In those three games, he threw one touchdown pass and six interceptions. It's no wonder Minnesota never led in any of those games and was outscored 52-7 in the first three quarters.
Warren Moon: A nine-time Pro Bowl quarterback, Moon padded his stats with the run-and-shoot offense deployed by the Houston Oilers in the 1990s. He won 102 games as a starter, the most wins by Super Bowl-era QB who never played in the big game. He never even played in a conference championship, going 3-7 in the playoffs.
Dan Fouts: In 15 years with the Chargers, Fouts was one of the NFL's most prolific passers. He threw for more than 43,000 yards and was named to the Pro Bowl six times, earning him a bust in the Hall of Fame. He led San Diego to consecutive appearances in the AFC Championship Game, but the Chargers lost to the Raiders and Bengals.