Contrary to What Some Think, Peyton Manning Isn’t the Oldest Player in the NFL
At 39 years of age, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning is old for an active NFL player. But, as the 2015-16 season gets under way, he's still a few years behind the oldest player in the league.
The oldest player honor this season belongs to Indianapolis Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri, who at 42 years old, is not only the oldest active player in the NFL but also the best kicker in the league. In 2014, Vinatieri led the NFL being accurate with his kicks 96.8% of the time.
In an era where the average age of an NFL player is between 25 and 27 years old, anyone over 30 is considered old. For Vinatieri, Manning and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady - who's 38 years old this season - they're both iconic and ancient in professional football.
While there are a number of NFL players who've played into their 40s, only one holds the record for the oldest and that's Oakland Raiders quarterback and kicker George Blanda who retired in 1976 at the ripe old age of 48.
It's doubtful Vinatieri, or even Manning and Brady who haven't even made the 40 and over club yet, equal or break Blanda's record. What we can hope for this season is they're like a fine wine that gets better with age.