The ultimate goal of every NFL team is to win the Super Bowl. The legacies of great players are defined by the titles they won, or lost. Many players can help their teams earn a championship, but it takes a truly special player, combined with a great organization, to start and maintain a dynasty.
The NFL existed in some form for more than four decades before the creation of the Super Bowl — initially an exhibition between the champion of the NFL and its new rival league the AFL. The leagues merged for the 1970 season, but the Super Bowl persisted and is now the most-watched event on television each year.
24/7 Wall St. reviewed NFL records on Pro-Football Reference to determine the NFL players with the most Super Bowl rings.
Nearly all of the athletes who have won a large number championships did so decades ago. Over time, the NFL has added more franchises and lengthened the season, ratcheting up the level of competition. With more games and more teams competing for a spot in the playoffs, the road to the Super Bowl has become tougher.
Only two players in NFL history have ever won five Super Bowl rings. There are more than 30 other players tied for third place with four Super Bowl championships. Almost all of these players were members of a great dynasty — be it the Pittsburgh Steelers’ four Super Bowl teams in the 1970s or the San Francisco 49ers in the 1980s and early 1990s. The Niners won five Lombardi trophies in the span of 14 years, but no player was on the team for all of those 14 seasons.