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The oldest players to appear on Super Bowl rosters

Sports are typically young athletes’ endeavors, but there are certainly exceptions to that rule. In fact, some extremely high-profile players across all sports have flourished — and continue to — in their late 30s and more and more even into their 40s.

Here we lay out the oldest players to ever appear on Super Bowl rosters.

 

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When Tom Brady takes the field in Super Bowl LV, he will be the oldest to ever appear in a Super Bowl at age 43. Remarkably, it will be his 10th Super Bowl appearance, with the previous nine (and six wins) in a Patriots uniform.

 

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Matt Stover, Age 42: Super Bowl XLIV

Matt Stover, Age 42: Super Bowl XLIV

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The starting kicker for the Colts, Stover became the oldest player to ever play in a Super Bowl. He was 1-of-2 in field-goal attempts in Indianapolis’ 31-17 loss to the Saints.

 

Jeff Feagles, Age 41: Super Bowl XLII

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Feagles was the Giants punter in their upset win over the previously undefeated Patriots in Super Bowl XLII. He had four punts during the game.

 

Matt Bryant, Age 41: Super Bowl LI

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Bryant was the third-oldest player to ever participate in the Super Bowl when he played in Super Bowl LI. The Atlanta kicker also made his first Pro Bowl that season.

 

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Mike Horan, Age 40: Super Bowl XXXIV

Mike Horan, Age 40: Super Bowl XXXIV

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Horan punted for the Rams, as the Greatest Show on Turf beat the Titans, 23-16, in Super Bowl XXXIV. He had two punts during the game and was also tackled during a botched field goal.

 

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Tom Brady, Age 40: Super Bowl LII

Tom Brady, Age 40: Super Bowl LII

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Brady was the oldest quarterback to start in Super Bowl history in Super Bowl LII, surpassing Peyton Manning, when the Patriots faced the Eagles.

 

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Jerry Rice, Age 40: Super Bowl XXXVII

Jerry Rice, Age 40: Super Bowl XXXVII

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The ageless wonder and GOAT wide receiver, Rice had five catches for 77 yards and one score in Oakland’s 48-21 loss to Tampa Bay in Super Bowl XXXVII.

 

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Peyton Manning, Age 39: Super Bowl 50

Peyton Manning, Age 39: Super Bowl 50

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Manning rode off into the sunset after the Broncos defeated Carolina, 24-10, in Super Bowl 50. He struggled during much of his final season but was able to manage the game against the Panthers, completing 13-of-23 passes for 141 yards and one interception.

 

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Lomas Brown, Age 39: Super Bowl XXXVII

Lomas Brown, Age 39: Super Bowl XXXVII

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Brown played his final season as a reserve offensive lineman for the Buccaneers in 2002 and claimed a Super Bowl ring at age 39, as the Bucs defeated Oakland, 48-21.

 

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Earl Morrall, Age 39: Super Bowl VIII

Earl Morrall, Age 39: Super Bowl VIII

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Morrall held the record as the oldest participant in a Super Bowl for 26 years, acting as Miami’s backup quarterback and holder. He didn’t attempt a pass, though, as the Dolphins beat Minnesota, 24-7.

 

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Tom Brady, Age 39: Super Bowl LI

Tom Brady, Age 39: Super Bowl LI

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When the Patriots came from down 28-3 to win Super Bowl LI, 34-28, in the first overtime in Super Bowl history, Brady was 39 years old, winning his fifth Super Bowl title.

 

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Mark Brunell, Age 39: Super Bowl XLIV

Mark Brunell, Age 39: Super Bowl XLIV

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The former starting quarterback for Jacksonville and Washington, Brunell was Drew Brees’ backup in Super Bowl XLIV as well as the team’s holder. The Saints defeated Indianapolis, 31-17.

 

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Jim Marshall, Age 39: Super Bowl XI

Jim Marshall, Age 39: Super Bowl XI

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Marshall started at defensive end for the Vikings in their 32-14 loss to the Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl XI.

 

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Junior Seau, Age 39: Super Bowl XLII

Junior Seau, Age 39: Super Bowl XLII

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Seau had two tackles for the Patriots in Super Bowl XLII. The previously undefeated Patriots lost to the Giants, 17-14.

 

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Jackie Smith, Age 38: Super Bowl XIII

Jackie Smith, Age 38: Super Bowl XIII

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Smith played his final game with Dallas in Super Bowl XIII after 15 seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals. Unfortunately he will be remembered for dropping a wide-open pass in the end zone in a 35-31 loss to Pittsburgh.

 

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Earl Morrall, Age 38: Super Bowl VII

Earl Morrall, Age 38: Super Bowl VII

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Morrall was Miami’s backup quarterback and holder in the team’s epic 17-0 undefeated season. The Dolphins won the Super Bowl, 14-7, over Washington, and it wasn’t Morrall’s final Super Bowl appearance.

 

John Elway, Age 38: Super Bowl XXXIII

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Elway played his last game in Super Bowl XXXIII, as the Broncos beat the Falcons, 34-19. He was 18-of-29 for 336 yards and one touchdown, adding another score on the ground before being named Super Bowl MVP.

 

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Brian Kinchen, Age 38: Super Bowl XXXVIII

Brian Kinchen, Age 38: Super Bowl XXXVIII

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Kinchen was New England’s long snapper during two regular-season games and the playoffs in 2003. He won a Super Bowl ring for his efforts, as the Patriots beat the Panthers, 32-29.

 

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Bruce Matthews, Age 38: Super Bowl XXXIV

Bruce Matthews, Age 38: Super Bowl XXXIV

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Matthews started at left guard for the Titans against the Rams in Super Bowl XXXIV. His son Jake started at left tackle for the Falcons in Super Bowl LI.

 

Morten Andersen, Age 38: Super Bowl XXXIII

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Andersen was Atlanta’s kicker in the Falcons’ 34-19 loss to Denver in Super Bowl XXXIII. He was 2-of-3 in field-goal attempts during the game. Andersen played until age 47.

 

David Akers, Age 38: Super Bowl XLVII

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Akers kicked for the 49ers in a losing effort, as the Ravens won Super Bowl XLVII, 34-31. He was 3-of-3 in field-goal attempts.

 

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Fred Cox, Age 38: Super Bowl XI

Fred Cox, Age 38: Super Bowl XI

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Cox made two extra points for the Vikings in their 32-14 loss to the Raiders in Super Bowl XI.

 

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Al Del Greco, Age 37: Super Bowl XXXIV

Al Del Greco, Age 37: Super Bowl XXXIV

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Del Greco was only 1-of-3 in field-goal attempts in Tennessee’s 23-16 loss to St. Louis in Super Bowl XXXIV.

 

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Rod Woodson, Age 37: Super Bowl XXXVII

Rod Woodson, Age 37: Super Bowl XXXVII

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Woodson had an interception for the Raiders, but it wasn’t nearly enough for Oakland in the 48-21 loss to Tampa Bay. The Hall of Fame safety played one more season for the Raiders before retiring.

 

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Bobby Walden, Age 37: Super Bowl X

Bobby Walden, Age 37: Super Bowl X

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Walden had four punts for the Steelers in their 21-17 win over the Cowboys in Super Bowl X.

 

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Peyton Manning, Age 37: Super Bowl XLVIII

Peyton Manning, Age 37: Super Bowl XLVIII

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Manning had a record-breaking season in 2013 but didn’t fare well in the Super Bowl against the Seahawks. Seattle defeated Denver, 43-8, as Manning was 34-of-49 for 280 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions.

 

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Lomas Brown, Age 37: Super Bowl XXXV

Lomas Brown, Age 37: Super Bowl XXXV

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The starting left tackle for the Giants in 2000, Brown’s team didn’t do well in Super Bowl XXXV. The Ravens defeated Brown’s Giants, 34-7. Brown would win a Super Bowl two years later with the Buccaneers.

 

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Donnie Jones, Age 37, Super Bowl LII

Donnie Jones, Age 37, Super Bowl LII

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Eagles punter Donnie Jones is a 14-year veteran, and he joined the oldest players ever on a Super Bowl roster when he played in Super Bowl LII vs. the Patriots.

 

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Dustin Colquitt, Age 37, Super Bowl LIV

Dustin Colquitt, Age 37, Super Bowl LIV

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Colquitt will make his first Super Bowl in his 15th season with the Chiefs. The left-footed kicker, whose dad, Craig, won two Super Bowls punting for Pittsburgh, has long been one of the top kickers in the league, making two Pro Bowls in his career.

 

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Terrell Suggs, Age 37, Super Bowl LIV

Terrell Suggs, Age 37, Super Bowl LIV

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Suggs will be appearing in his second Super Bowl of his career after winning the big game with the Ravens in 2012. The future Hall of Fame pass rusher was claimed off waivers by the Chiefs late in the 2019 season.

 

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Robbie Gould, Age 37, Super Bowl LIV

Robbie Gould, Age 37, Super Bowl LIV

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A long-time reliable kicker for the Bears, Giants, and 49ers, Gould is set to appear in his second Super Bowl after losing the game with Chicago in 2006.



 

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