Ten 49ers, Chiefs whose legacies will be most impacted by Super Bowl LVIII

Ralph Vacchiano

NFC East Reporter

LAS VEGAS — Trent Williams’ résumé is already good enough to land him in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He’s been a first-team All-Pro three times. He’s an 11-time Pro Bowler. He’s generally acknowledged as the best left tackle of this era.

There is one thing still missing from that résumé, though. In 13 NFL seasons, he’s never been a Super Bowl champion. And he knows that with some players, for some voters, the ring is the thing that could push their candidacy over the top.

“Maybe,” Williams said this week as he prepared for Super Bowl LVIII. “Some people judge it like that. It’s hard for me to judge it like that because I’m an athlete and I know what goes into it, and I know how hard it is to win a championship. But for the people that judge it like that, I’m pretty sure it would help.”

“This is the pinnacle,” he added. “It does put you in the upper echelon because not a lot of people have accomplished the feat.”

Williams surely doesn’t need the added boost, but there are definitely others playing Sunday who might need it when — or if — their name is discussed by the Hall of Fame selection committee. Some great players have been shunned by the committee over the years. Others have had to wait years to get the votes they needed.

And when that committee is choosing between all-time greats at every position, every strong line on the résumé helps. So, which players and coaches in Super Bowl LVIII could someday be bound for Canton? And which ones could use the help of a Super Bowl title? 

Here are 10 who are at various stages of the Hall of Fame track.

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