These three future Hall of Famers are still at it
These football iron men keep proving that age is just a number, and that they'll leave the game on their own terms, when they're good and ready.
Here's a look at the oldest NFL players still active in the league.
3. Drew Brees
Age: 40 (Born Jan. 15, 1979)
Team: New Orleans Saints
19th NFL Season
Even way back in the Jurassic era of 2001, there were concerns among NFL cognoscenti that Brees' short stature would be a hindrance. Instead, the Purdue product has spent the last two decades proving that, like age, height is only a number — and so is 75,000, the passing yardage total he recently surpassed. Brees is the NFL career leader in pass completions and passing yards, and he trails only Tom Brady and Peyton Manning in touchdown passes. He's on the bullet train to Canton, but in the meantime, there's one unchecked box that Brees would love to address — becoming the 13th quarterback to win multiple Super Bowl rings.
2. Tom Brady
Age: 42 (Born Aug. 3, 1977)
Team: New England Patriots
20th NFL Season
To think he was once a doughy, slow-footed, marginal pro prospect staring forlornly at the camera in his NFL Combine photo. Little was expected out of this sixth-round draft pick from Michigan, and given his measurables, could you blame the experts for dismissing him? But here we are — 20 seasons, 16 division titles and four Super Bowl MVP awards later. Brady stands as arguably the greatest (and inarguably the winningest and most decorated) quarterback in NFL history. Oh, and did we mention that he has six Super Bowl rings?
1. Adam Vinatieri
Age: 46 (Born Dec. 28, 1972)
Team: Indianapolis Colts
24th NFL Season
Father Time may be undefeated, but he's glancing nervously at the clock as he watches the ageless Vinatieri swing his right leg over and over and over. When Vinatieri made his first career kick on Sept. 1, 1996, Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill topped the album charts, Monica Lewinsky was an unknown White House intern, Patrick Mahomes was weeks away from his first birthday and Josh Rosen and Sam Darnold were fetuses. Not surprisingly, Vinatieri is the NFL field goal king, passing Morten Andersen with his 566th career field goal in a loss to the Texans last season. A struggling start in 2019 led to concerns that the end was at hand, but as he approaches career field goal No. 600, he's still a viable weapon for a playoff-contending team, just like always.