With four Super Bowl victories, the New York Giants have been one of the most successful teams in the National Football League. Consequently, most of the greatest players in the team's storied history -- i.e. Phil Simms, Lawrence Taylor, Michael Strahan, Eli Manning -- have at least one championship ring. However, a few all-time greats missed out on all four of Big Blue's Super Bowl championships. Here's a look back at the careers of the five best Giants to never win the Lombardi Trophy.
Dave Jennings (P) -- Jennings was the most productive punter in team history. Unfortunately, he played for the Giants from 1974-84. During that span, they never won 10 games in a season and made the playoffs only twice. A four-time Pro Bowler, Jennings holds the franchise records for punts and yards with 931 and 38,792, respectively. He is a member of the team's prestigious Ring of Honor.
Ron A. Johnson (RB) -- Originally drafted by the Cleveland Browns in 1969, Johnson played for the Giants from 1970-75. In 1972, he rushed for a career-best 1,182 yards, as the G-Men finished with a record of 8-6. It was the team's last winning record of the decade. A two-time Pro Bowl selection, Johnson ranks in the team's all-time top 10 in both rushing yards and touchdowns with 3,836 and 33, respectively.
Brad Van Pelt (LB) -- A second-round pick of New York in the 1973 NFL Draft, Van Pelt played with some of the greatest defensive players in team history, including Taylor and Harry Carson. However, during his 11-year tenure with the Giants, they recorded only one winning season. A five-time Pro Bowl selection, the late Van Pelt was honored with enshrinement in the team's Ring of Honor.
Tiki Barber (RB) -- Drafted by the Giants in the second round of the 1997 NFL draft, Barber is recognized as one of the greatest players in team history. But he doesn't have a ring. A three-time Pro Bowl selection, he left football the year before Big Blue won Super Bowl XLII. Barber, who retired as the leading rusher in Giants history with 10,499 yards, is a member of the team's Ring of Honor.
Fran Tarkenton (QB) -- Between stints with the Minnesota Vikings, Tarkenton played five memorable seasons in New York from 1967-1971. He ranks in the Giants' all-time top five in both passing yards and touchdowns. Upon returning to Minnesota, Tarkenton led the Vikings to three Super Bowls, but lost all of them. A nine-time Pro Bowl selection, he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1986.
Adam Martini is a freelance sports writer who grew up in Queens, N.Y. rooting for the Giants despite being surrounded by Jets fans. He proudly wears his Rodney Hampton jersey on Sundays during the football season. Adam follows back Giants fans on Twitter @PegCitySports.
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