The OLDEST NFL Players of All-Time

the average age to retire in the united

states is currently

66 years old in the nfl

it's 26. to make it in the national

football league for a long time

not only do you have to be one of the

best in the world at what you do

but you have to be fortunate enough to

stay healthy playing

one of the most physically demanding

games on the planet

the 40 years in over club a club more

rare than the hall of fame

only has four active members and out of

approximately 25

000 men to ever put on nfl uniform there

are less than

70 members ever what's going on

everybody i'm kto

and today we're going to be discussing

the oldest men to ever play in the nfl

now there is one thing to consider when

discussing this topic

as many of you know kickers and punters

tend to last a lot longer

since they don't participate in the

physical aspect of the game as much

so for this video we will first dive

into who the oldest player

ever was and then later dive into the

oldest at the other positions on the


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let's dive into the oldest player in nfl



now by no means is it easy to be a

kicker or punter

but they can play a lot longer than

other positions on the field

kickers and punters make up for more

than a third of the nfl's 40 years in

over club

and on top of that the six oldest

players in nfl history

were all kickers adam benatari is

currently 47

and will be 48 in december of this year

he is holding his own right now as the

oldest player in the nfl

and third oldest of all time if you want

a tangible example of how long he's been

in the league

i wasn't even one yet when he entered in


here i am 24 years later and fina terry

is still playing

crazy but like i said finitary is the

third oldest player of all time

coming in just behind number two morgan


who was the former all-time record

holder for points

for those of you who remember my video

about kickers he once wrote a pretty

tight song

and now we move on to number one the

oldest nfl player of all time

george blanda a man who wasn't just a


in fact he was also a quarterback blanda

has one of the most

interesting and mind-blowing career

paths you'll ever see

he started his pro career in 1949 as a

quarterback for the chicago

bears then in 1975 he would play his

final game for the oakland raiders

a career that spanned over four separate


when you start hearing about what other

records and awards he has

it just shows you how unique his career

was i mean who else would

have a record like most pats made and

attempted in a career

and seven touchdowns in a single game

only this guy

and i gotta mention his most notorious

one he once threw 42 interceptions in a


a record that only jameis winston could


but despite all those unique records

what blanda did in 1970

is what elevated him to legendary status

at the age of 43

blanda was older than most coaches he

served as the team's place kicker and

backup quarterback

then after the team got off to a

disappointing start to the season

blando would go on to have an incredible

five-game stretch

it started in week six against the

pittsburgh steelers

oakland starting quarterback daryl

lamonica was benched in the first


due to a back injury blanda the oldest

player in that game

came in and threw three touchdowns

putting the raiders back on the right

track of winning

no one was ready for what happened next

he throws one from the cup a fine catch

at the 15 he screamed at the 46 yard

line of the chiefs and with eight


george flanders handed the incredibly

difficult job

of about a 47 or 48 yard field goal

it snapped it's down it's kicked it is

good it's good it is good

george splendor has taken a 48 yard



and the right blanda back to pass

plantalux plan to throws

complete touchdown wells raiders score

now the conversion snap spotted kick

good it's time it's 20 20.

44 seconds to go gets the blocking all

the time in the world he thrills one

intercepted by the corn mccord

wide to the right knocked down by kelly

seven seconds to go

they're gonna try field goal from 53

yards the ads against this must be about

76 million to a half well george did it

from 48 last week with maybe three feet

to spare

left hash mark stabler will hold stable

not as experienced holding his lamonica

fourth down here it is snap spot it it's


that's got a chance that is good

it's good holy toledo the place has gone


no i don't believe it

i don't believe it


by delong he's at the 40. he first down

at the 45

the raiders have the first down 18

17 16. the clock still going at 13 at



clock stopped at seven seconds they set

it where they wanted it

and they knew everybody here knew

exactly what they were waiting for

and here comes george wanda after the

the 16-yard line the monica was spotted

he wait it snapped it spotted

it's checked

into a george lead four seconds remain

to go

blanda's incredible five-game run will

go down as one of the greatest stretches

of all time

along with another game-winning extra

point in week 12 he helped the raiders

reach the afc

championship game a game in which he

scored all 17 of the team's points

the associated press named him 1970 male

athlete of the year for his services

it just has me thinking how ridiculous

it would be to see tom brady

lead a drive down field and then nailed

a game-winning field goal

now blando's career came to a

heartbreaking end in 1976

the raiders cut him if it was his choice

he probably would have kept playing

it just wasn't in the cards and that

year the raiders finally went on to win

a super bowl

blanda had to watch from home still

blanda's career should be celebrated for

what he was able to accomplish

if there's ever a movie made about his

football life woody harrelson should

play him

anyways let's move on

as far as pure quarterbacks go tom brady

is closing in

on the oldest ever fast approaching 43

years old he is trailing just four other


topping that list is steve de berg de

berg was a bit of a journeyman

he played for multiple teams until he

retired at the age of 39

then out of nowhere after a five-year


he signed with the atlanta falcons and

he must have known something that others

didn't because

they went from a losing franchise the

previous year to going 14-2

and making the super bowl and it just

happened to follow de berg's 45th

birthday he gets to claim the honor as

the oldest active player

on a super bowl roster pretty dope

honestly though

neither being a kicker nor a quarterback

is as impressive as playing other

positions at an older age

while quarterbacks do take a hit every

once in a while

offensive and defensive linemen have to

hit each other on every single play

that's what truly makes rey brown and

jim marshall stand out

ray brown is the oldest offensive

lineman to play in the modern era

starting a few games for washington at

the age of 42.

some things do age like wine and this

was the case for brown's football career

after playing his first 15 seasons in

the league brown made his first pro bowl

at the age of

39. now let's look at jim marshall the

man who's most notoriously known for

running backwards with the ball once

despite this hilarious blunder marshall

is the definition of an iron man

he started his pro career in cleveland

in 1960

but was traded to minnesota in 1961 then

for 19 straight seasons 282 consecutive


he started every single one of those

this is the most by any defensive player


and it only ended because he finally

retired at the age of 42.

minnesota had some dogs back in the day


truly a shame that they never won a

super bowl but

that's a topic for another video okay

let's shift gears

let's look at skill positions looks like

a rare art of the audible from the

hassle back who fires in the pass a

one-handed grab

by for a lot of older football fans

this has to be one of the weirdest

things to look at jerry rice

49ers legend pulling in one-handers for

the seahawks at 42 years old

due to how dominant jerry rice was and

how long he played

he has some of the most untouchable

career records that you'll ever

see the man has one of the greatest work

ethics of all time

and was as consistent as they come

honestly just saying this little doesn't

do him justice and he probably deserves

a video on his own

but for the purposes of what we're

talking about jerry rice is the oldest

receiver to ever play by far

he also had a thousand yard season at

the age of 40 which gives him even more

legendary status

currently larry fitzgerald is hanging in

there as the oldest active receiver in

the nfl

if he wants to match rice's age when he

retires fitz will have to play

through the 2025 season playing wide

receiver at a high level requires so

much skill and athleticism

it makes sense why there's not that many

old dudes out there but

what about the guys who have to guard

those dudes man i think i had some good

mentors ahead of me

you know who taught me the game and

at an early age let me slow the game

down a little bit

now that i'm older i don't have to play

much off a skill i can just play off my


tramon williams is the oldest active

defensive back in the league

he credits former teammates like charles

woodson who helped teach him the mental

part of the game

coincidentally woodson played till he

was 39.

now nfl defenses are incredibly complex

more complex than the average nfl fan


but one thing that most football fans

understand is the differences between

man and zone zone coverage is more of a

mental game

you stick to your zone you see what's

happening in front of you and

you react accordingly but man coverage

is a totally different ball game

you got to be able to stick with guys

who move like this go against seattle

and what they did on third down roger's

gonna air it out devonta

adams down field he's got it

when you look at the all-time great man

cover corners you begin to get

perspective of how hard it is to play

man on man

at an older age darrell rivas was one of

the best corners in the nfl

and he was still playing at a high level

at the age of 30 but by 32

he was barely playing and he was

released after a single season with the


he would retire shortly thereafter champ

bayley was one of the greatest corners

of all time

and is now a hall of famer at 35 he

couldn't manage to make an nfl roster

and finally arguably the greatest corner


dion sanders played till he was 38 but

he had taken three years off

after retiring at 33 he would play two

seasons with the ravens

but he didn't even start that many games

for them before he retired for the final


the reasons for these guys falling off

makes sense they no longer contained

that same

freak-like speed and athleticism that

they had in their younger years

but then there's daryl green here's

mcnabb on the play fake

and the pass and it's picked off

redskins get it back so first down is

the old guy



19th straight season with an


and that is an nfl record when daryl

green intercepted that pass

it extended his record as the oldest

player ever to get an interception

which was at the age of 41 and he still

started a handful of games at corner

at the age of 42. now listen to this

next story because this truly shows how

much of a freak this dude was

this is from an article done on green by

espn in 2001

quote green's best known title is the

nfl's fastest man

which he won several times in off-season

competitions in the 1980s

and carried on officially for nearly a

decade he finally lost his title of the

redskins fastest player in 1999

but marveled teammates by regaining it a

year later with a

4.24 time in the 40-yard dash

i tried to find out whether this was a

hand time or an automatic time because

it would make a difference but i

couldn't find any substantial evidence

however the one thing i did find was


bailey was on that team and for those of

you who know

champ bailey was a burner he ran a 4.28

at the combine just

one year before that and 40 year old


beat him that's unbelievable his

nickname was the ageless wonder

we might not see another dude like this

for a while if

ever but now let's wrap this video up by

talking about the one position that's

harder to play at an older age

than cornerback i'm talking about

running backs

being an nfl running back is a grueling


you constantly have to run into or block

defensive linemen and linebackers

dudes who are usually much bigger than

you who are paid millions of dollars to

light you

up looking at current running backs

there were only four in 2019

that got significant playing time over

the age of 30. mark ingram

lashawn mccoy adrian peterson and the

man who just hit

37 years old frank gore frank gore

suffered two devastating knee injuries

in college

and entering the nfl draft he didn't put

up very impressive combine stats

and he fell to the third round but one

thing that people didn't know

was how reliable and durable this dude

would become

you look at the top 15 rushers in nfl

history 13 of them were first round

picks and expected to be great

only two were not high draft picks

curtis martin

and our man frank gore gore is never

really talked about as the best running


nor has ever really been in that

conversation yet

what he's been able to accomplish in his

career is nothing short of spectacular

at one point frank gore had racked up

1200 yards from scrimmage in 12

straight seasons that's the most all

time by two years

and you look at the three guys behind

event number two and that list includes

curtis martin emmett smith and barry


all of which are in the hall of fame i'm

not trying to convince you that he's

better than any of those guys

all i'm trying to say is who would have

thought in 2005

that a third round pick a guy who ran a

slow 40 and suffered two

torn acls in college would become the

most durable

and reliable running back of the next




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