The 10 Oldest Football Players in the NFL
The average NFL career is 3.3 years. A rookie who makes the opening day roster his rookie year increases this average to 6 years. This means the average NFL player is 25 - 28 years old when he walks away from the game. So, for a player to play into their 40s is a rare feat. The oldest player to ever play was George Blanda who was 48 years old when he walked away from the game in 1976. In 2017, there are five veterans in their 40s expected to make a roster. Here are the 10 Oldest Football Players in the NFL this year.
10. Josh McCown, New York Jets
QB - 38 - 7/4/79
Journeyman McCown has the early inside track for the starting QB job, which helps explain the low expectations for the Jets - McCown's tenth NFL team.
9. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
QB - 39 - 1/15/79
A 10-time Pro Bowler with a Super Bowl championship, Brees is also a two-time Offensive Player of the Year, has led the league in passing yards seven times, in TD passes four times, has a 66.7% career completion average, and 465 TD passes.
8. Terence Newman, Minnesota Vikings
CB- 38 - 9/4/79
Selected fifth by Dallas in 2003, Newman was an All-American in both football and track & field at Kansas State. He's a two-time Pro Bowler and has 41 career interceptions.
7. James Harrison, Pittsburgh Steelers
LB - 39 - 5/4/78
Undrafted out of college, Harrison is a two-time Super Bowl champ, was the 2008 NFL Defensive Player of the Year, a five-time Pro Bowler, and his 79.5 career sacks tops the Steelers' all-time list.
6. Sebastian Janikowski, Oakland Raiders
PK - 39 - 3/2/78
A two-time All-American at Florida State, he holds the all-time Raiders record for games played and points scored. Janikowski has 414 career FGs, making 80.4% of his attempts, and holds the league record for most FGs in a quarter (4), and for the most 50+ yards (55).
5. Tom Brady, New England Patriots
QB - turns 40 on August 3 - 8/3/77
Tom Terrific has five Super Bowl rings, four Super Bowl MVPs, two regular-season MVPs, is a 12-time Pro Bowler, has tossed 456 career TD passes, and is undeniably near the top of the 'G.O.A.T.' list. Oh yeah, he's also married to a former supermodel.
4. Shane Lechler, Houston Texans
P - turns 41 on August 6 - 8/6/76
A fifth-round draft pick in 2000, Lechler spent 13 seasons with the Raiders, earning seven Pro Bowl berths. He's now entering his fifth season with Houston, and is the current all-time career leader in average yards per punt (47.3).
3. Matt Bryant, Atlanta Falcons
PK - 42 - 5/29/75
2017 will be Bryant's 17th season, spread among six different teams. A 2016 Pro Bowler, Bryant has been one of the most accurate kickers in league history, nailing 85.6% of his FG attempts, with a 62-yarder to his credit.
2. Phil Dawson, Arizona Cardinals
PK - 42 - 1/23/75
Undrafted, Dawson spent a dozen seasons with Cleveland , breaking most of Lou Groza's team records. He then spent four seasons with San Francisco before signing with Arizona in March, 2017. Dawson has an outstanding 84.5% career FG percentage.
1. Adam Vinatieri, Indianapolis Colts
PK - 44 - 12/28/72
Set to embark on his 22nd season, Vinatieri has four Super Bowl rings, three Pro Bowl selections, connected on an NFL-record 44 straight FGs, and is the league's all-time postseason scoring leader.