The Oldest Players in NFL History

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When it comes to the game of football, there are few players who have achieved as much as Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le Vickery. Since joining the team in 1990, there is very little that has not been expected of him. He is the best running back in the game at the moment, and with his 6 yards per carry average, it is clear that he deserves that spot. Here is a closer look at the career of this great running back, and how he fits into the legacy.

An Overview

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At 43 years of age, Le Vickery is already among the older players in NFL history, but he still plays at a high enough caliber to warrants his place amongst the game’s all-time greats. While many people may question his durability considering he only has two good years on his career, no player can argue with his ability to stay on his feet and produce. In fact, his longevity and consistent production are what has allowed the Steelers to sit atop the Football Bowl ladder with only one playoff victory to show for it.

Of course, age is nothing compared to the mental stress that goes along with seeing your career slip away in the Super Bowl. The immortal play against the Vikings in Super Bowl XL was the defining moment of Lebron James’ illustrious career, and many would have loved to see what he could do in an actual game. Sadly, he was unable to live up to the hype of his prediction, and promptly found himself relegated to an NFL backup role for the next several years. Fortunately, his retirement came too soon for most fans.

Oldest NFL Players

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Pittsburgh’s most durable and accomplished football player, Pittsburgh’s Steelers, have a very interesting oldest players in the NFL record books. Steelers running back Rashard Lewis is the oldest active player in the NFL at 33 years and six months. His time with the Steelers is highlighted by his five Super Bowl appearances, but he also has cemented his place among the all-time greats of football. Lewis is the lone active player to have a number of receptions in each of the last 16 playoff games, and he has also rushed for at least 1,000 yards in each of those contests. Without question, he is Steelers royalty.

The Dallas Cowboys, fresh off their historic Super Bowl victory over the Giants, are another team with an aged yet experienced group of players. Running back Marion Barber, who is coming off of a season where he rushed for 1,053 yards and caught just six passes for 60 yards, is the oldest player in the postseason with a Super Bowl appearance. Defensive end DeMarcus Ware is just now into his third season with the club, but he is the oldest running back in NFL history to start a Super Bowl game. Tight end Jason Witten is only two years older, but he has established himself as one of the best pass catchers in the league over the past few seasons. In contrast, standout defensive end Julius Peppers is just entering his ninth season in the NFL and is coming off of his best season as a pro, is racking up six sacks, two forced fumbles and a pick.

A handful of other older players stand out in the playoffs, too. Chargers wide receiver Vincent Jackson, who is just entering his fifth year in San Diego, is one of the younger players on this list at just 23 years and six months. Running back Darren Sproles is coming off of a career year that saw him earn the trust of head coach Tom Cable and the Trojans. He finished the regular season strong, rushing for over 1,400 yards and adding an impressive 14 touchdown catches en route to a Super Bowl victory. Neither is considered an older player on this list.

In The End

Younger players in the NFL such as rookies Terrell Pryor (Chargers / Washington) and Johnny Football (Texans) can’t get the same recognition as those who have been playing longer. They’re certainly not as old as the all-time greats, but they are still extremely valuable additions to the game and will always be welcome additions to the game. When it comes right down to it, the NFL has a huge range of different ages for players who are considered to be legends. The Hall of Fame is a different sort of place for older players because they can make any comment about their career and induction into the Hall of Fame all the more legitimate because of it.

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