After Tom Brady signed a two-year extension with the New England Patriots worth $41 million yesterday, he is slated to play until at least age 44 (if his options become reality, and all that good stuff). Already the oldest quarterback in the NFL, it seems Brady will have at least two more years to further define his legacy.
But is TB12 the most ancient name the game has ever seen? Let's take a look back at the oldest quarterbacks to set foot on an NFL field.
6. Earl Morrall, 42
Morrall spent 21 years in the NFL, and is known as one of the best backup quarterbacks in league history. The two-time Pro Bowler and two-time Super Bowl Champion is known for helping lead the 1972 Dolphins to a perfect season and Super Bowl victory.
5. Doug Flutie, 43
Doug Flutie spent 23 years playing football professionally between the NFL, CFL and United States Football League. Flutie won the Heisman trophy at Boston College, and is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame and Canada's Sports Hall of Fame. While his success in the NFL was limited besides his 1998 NFL Comeback Player of the Year award, Flutie remains in the hearts of generations of Canadians and Americans.
4. Vinny Testaverde, 44
Testaverde lasted in the NFL for 21 seasons through the age of 44, which should be an accomplishment in and of itself. The veteran quarterback's list of accomplishments don't span too far beyond that, however, as Testaverde holds the record for regular-season losses as the starting quarterback at 123. Testaverde played for seven different NFL teams and was unable to leave a lasting legacy on any of the different franchises.
3. Warren Moon, 44
Warren Moon's list of achievements beyond his 16 years of NFL/CFL service are among the most impressive, nevermind the Hall of Fame quarterback's durability. The nine-time Pro Bowler is the first African-American and first undrafted quarterback to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Despite his lack of success winning in the NFL, Moon took home a record five consecutive Grey Cups in the CFL.
2. Steve DeBerg, 45
While DeBerg isn't necessarily looked back on as any kind of elite quarterback, his longevity has definitely earned him a place in the history books. DeBerg was on the Atlanta Falcons during the team's Super Bowl XXXIII run at age 45, making him the oldest player to ever be on a Super Bowl roster.
1. George Blanda, 48
Quarterback George Blanda played for the Chicago Bears and Oakland Raiders over 26 years of career service until the age of 48, making him both the oldest quarterback and oldest player in NFL history. Blanda holds the record for most touchdowns in a game at seven, in addition to the most PATs made in history at 943 (yeah, he did it all).