It feels like it was just yesterday when a young Rodgers replaced Brett Favre as Green Bay’s starting quarterback. 18 seasons later he proved that he was one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history. Now he’s one of the league’s elder statesmen because the 39-year-old is of the oldest active players.
Nonetheless, he continues to be one of the most coveted athletes in the sport. The four-time MVP is a Super Bowl champion and has many individual awards. Many people think that he’s the most naturally gifted talent of his generation. Yes, he rubs some fans up the wrong way but he’s still a brilliant player (via NBC Sports).
The 40-year-old Gould is another of the league’s oldest active players. The placekicker enjoyed 10 years in Chicago where he became a fan favorite. That’s no surprise because he is also the franchise’s all-time leading scorer. Gould left the Bears in 2015 but he craved a return after a year in New York. Unfortunately, that never happened but he continues to play.
He revived his career in San Francisco where he enjoyed five seasons. Gould has no intentions of hanging up his cleats but he is ready for life after football. Many football players suffer financial problems after they leave the sport. The kicker is already dabbling in the business world and hopes that will be his future (via NBC Sports).
Lee is a four-time Pro Bowler and one of the NFL’s oldest active players. He led the league in punting yards three times and is also a three-time All-Pro selection. In sum, he’s one of the greatest ever in his position. The punter has enjoyed a staggering career that he split between four franchises.
There were 11 seasons in San Francisco before he spent one apiece in Cleveland and Charlotte. Then he joined Arizona and reignited his career. But Lee continues to impress his fans with some great performances. In 2022, he memorably caught Tampa sleeping with a four-yard chain-moving throw (via NFL.com).
Peters assumed the mantle of the NFL’s oldest active player after Tom Brady retired in 2023. The 41-year-old offensive tackle became the league’s elder statesman but he had an amazing journey. The Bills picked him up as an undrafted free agent in 2004. Since then, he’s had a magnificent career including a Super Bowl win with the Eagles.
The nine-time Pro Bowler won’t be around for much longer but he’s given everything to the sport. There’s a reason why Chicago and Dallas offered him short-term deals. They recognized his leadership qualities and experience. This is invaluable because it inspires younger players and improves them too (via Fox Sports).