Who is the oldest player in the NFL?
It should surprise no one that the oldest player in the NFL, a 45-year-old veteran in his 23rd season, is playing like a man who has lost a few steps in his footspeed and a few miles per hour off his fastball.
And yet it's somewhat surprising when that player is Tom Brady, arguably the greatest quarterback in the game's history.
Every NFL fan knows the saying: "Father Time is undefeated." No player can play at an elite level forever, even if it's the greatest player of all time. Tom Brady has slowed down a bit in 2022 but still produces jaw-dropping moments.
Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have had a rough season. They were 3-5 before their game on Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams. The Bucs struggled on offense all night long and scored nine points in the first 59 minutes of the game. But when Brady got the ball back with less than a minute left, the quarterback engineered a record-setting 55th game-winning drive to help his side beat the Rams.
It was Brady's first game since announcing his divorce from his wife, Gisele Bundchen. The quarterback was more than relieved to get the win:
Who is the oldest living retired NFL player as of now?
Tom Brady is the oldest active player in the NFL (45 years old), but the oldest living NFL player is former Half-Back William Augustus Jones, better known as Dub Jones.
The 97-year-old played in the NFL for ten seasons between 1946 to 1954. Jones played for the Miami Seahawks, Brooklyn Dodgers, and the Cleveland Browns. He won three NFL championships with the Browns (1950, 1954, and 1955). He was also named a Pro Bowler in 1951 and 1952. During the 1951 season, Jones scored six touchdowns in a game against the Chicago Bears. The feat has been matched by only three other players in NFL history: Ernie Nevers in 1929, Gale Sayers in 1965, and Alvin Kamara in 2020.
Jones finished his career with 2,874 receiving yards and 2,210 rushing yards. Jones also served as the Browns' offensive play-caller for six seasons between 1963 and 1968.