5 Largest Quarterback Age Differences in Super Bowl History

No, Jimmy Garoppolo and Patrick Mahomes do not make this list

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is only three years, 10 months, and 15 days older than his Super Bowl LIV counterpart, the Kansas City Chiefs' Patrick Mahomes. This means that for the first time in six seasons, the starting quarterbacks in the Super Bowl will not have a double-digit age difference. To give you a sense of how old versus young has been a common theme on Super Bowl Sunday, here are the largest age gaps under center. As you will see, youth hasn't always been served but it hasn't necessarily been a huge disadvantage on Super Sunday either.


5. Super Bowl XLIX: Tom Brady and Russell Wilson (11 years, 3 months, 26 days)

Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks had won the Super Bowl the year before and Brady and the New England Patriots had lost their last two to the New York Giants. New England led 28-24 late in the game, but Seattle drove deep into the red zone and it appeared that fans were watching a changing of the guard in the NFL. But Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll chose to pass from the Patriots’ 1-yard line... and everyone remembers how that turned out.


4. Super Bowl LII: Tom Brady and Nick Foles (11 years, 5 months, 17 days)

Foles’ age was not on folks’ minds heading into the Super Bowl. It was the fact that he was a journeyman who had become Philadelphia Eagles’ starter because Carson Wentz had torn his ACL late in the season. He did not appear to have a chance against Brady, who was playing at the top of his game. But Foles had one of the best games of his career, throwing for three touchdowns and catching another on the now-famous “Philly Special” play. It was enough to upset New England and earn him the game’s MVP honor.


3. Super Bowl XLVIII: Peyton Manning and Russell Wilson (12 years, 8 months, 5 days)

The veteran Manning had one of the best passing seasons in NFL history with the Denver Broncos and Wilson was only in his second season in the league. However, Wilson had the Seattle Seahawks' “Legion of Boom” secondary, which proved to be the decider in the 43-8 beatdown of Denver.


2. Super Bowl L: Peyton Manning and Cam Newton (13 years, 1 month, 17 days)

Newton seemed superhuman leading the Carolina Panthers to a 15-1 regular season, while Manning’s body was breaking down and he had to adjust his expectations in what would be his final year. Fortunately for Manning, he had a defense that shut down Carolina’s offense and allowed him to simply game manage a 24-10 win.


1. Super Bowl LIII: Tom Brady and Jared Goff (17 years, 2 months, 11 days)

The parallels in age difference were downright scary. One of those being the role reversal for Brady, who 17 years earlier was the young quarterback leading the upstart Patriots in his first Super Bowl against veteran Kurt Warner and the Rams' "Greatest Show on Turf." New England's victory in Super Bowl XXXVI launched the Brady/Belichick dynasty. The win in Super Bowl LIII continued it.


— Written by Aaron Tallent, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Tallent is a writer whose articles have appeared in The Sweet Science, FOX Sports’ Outkick the Coverage, Liberty Island and The Washington Post. Follow him on Twitter at @AaronTallent.

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