Life in the NFL can be brutal. Not only do players have to deal with the uncertainty of non-guaranteed contracts, but they also must subject their bodies to physical punishment that is similar to experiencing a car accident on a weekly basis. Because of this, most NFL players are out of the league well before their 30th birthdays.
There are, however, a handful of players throughout the years who have defied the odds and played well into their 30s. That said, here are the 11 best players who are at least 35 years old and still playing in the NFL.
[Editor’s note: Kickers, punters, and long snappers were not considered.]
1. Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots
Brady could be in store for a career year in 2017, despite the fact that he will celebrate his 40th birthday in early August. The Patriots have built an offense that will be incredibly difficult to slow down this fall, and Brady shows no signs stopping. Don’t be surprised if the former sixth-round draft pick guides the Pats to another Super Bowl title and wins his third career NFL MVP award along the way.