For the first in pro football history, it pays to be past your prime.
It’s true. This postseason marks the first time in NFL history that five quarterbacks age 37 or older will start in the same playoffs, per ESPN. Those quarterbacks include: Tampa Bay’s Tom Brady (43), New Orleans’ Drew Brees (41), Indianapolis’ Philip Rivers (39), Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger (38) and Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers (37).
How’s that for, uh, experience?
“All the old guys,” Roethlisberger told the media. “I know you didn’t want to use those words. I’ll say it for you. It’s cool. It’s fun to be a part of it with them. If we were sitting at home, and people were talking about the old guys that are still playing — why aren’t you a part of it — then you would be disappointed.”
But these aren’t just any ol’ quarterbacks, of course. They have 107 playoff starts and 10 championship rings between them (thanks mostly to Tom Brady.) Plus, it’s always OK to celebrate your age, especially when an older age is an achievement.
“To be a part of it, to be in this tournament, as Coach [Mike Tomlin of the Steelers] calls it, it’s an honor and a pleasure to be able to do it,” Roethlisberger said. “I am hoping that it’s not one and done. We are going to give it everything we have so I can be the last old man standing.”