The Detroit Lions roster is now full of young, talented players, but there are 10 players who stand out as the best under the age of 30.
The third decade of life is a benchmark for many. Some finally have matured to the point of settling down and embracing married life, others finally begin to see their paychecks as more than just beer money and car payments while building a nest egg for one of life’s biggest purchases, a home.
For a NFL athlete, 30 is also a beginning; the beginning of the end.
With the average NFL career spanning three-and-a-half years and the average age of a NFL player being only 27, if you’re still strapping up the chinstrap on Sundays in your 30s, consider yourself lucky.
The Detroit Lions 2011 roster was the fourth oldest in the NFL, according to ESPN, and like most statistics, these numbers can easily be manipulated to paint whatever picture the author would like.
I would argue the Lions are not only full of young talent, but in two years the Honolulu Blue and Silver will be one of the youngest rosters in the league and possibly one of the best.
The majority of the elder statesmen in the Lions locker room are backups, veterans who within the next two years will be replaced with the talent selected under the watchful eye of Martin Mayhew and his scouting department.
Following are who I feel are the 10 best players currently on the roster for the Detroit Lions, under the ripe old age of 30.