Best 40-Something Players in NFL History

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Best 40-Something Players in NFL History
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NFL posts aren't typically inspired by athletic feats in baseball, if you want to consider that sport athletic. But when Jamie Moyer, a 49-year-old pitcher for the Colorado Rockies, becomes the oldest player to earn a win in a Major League Baseball game, that's inspiring.

Pro football is a bit of a different animal than baseball. Nobody gets cracked in the head in baseball—at least nobody has been since Albert Belle retired.

In fact, no 49-year-old has even appeared on an NFL roster, let alone in a game. In fact, only 53 players have ever suited up past their 40th birthday; 18 of those players were exclusively kickers or punters.

What follows is my list of the best NFL players to play into their 40s. That's not to say that, at age 40, they were operating at the same high standards of their younger counterparts (though some were); it's more of a nod to great NFL players that happened to enjoy long careers in the league.

But first, some stipulations: I didn't include full-time kickers (sorry, Morten Andersen) and I only included one full-time punter. I'll explain why I made that exception when his name appears.

Secondly, this list is in alphabetical order. If you want to rank these guys in the comments, feel free, but that wasn't my objective here. I just wanted to showcase 11 guys that enjoyed longevity in pro football. I honestly could have made a case to put any of them in the top spot...except for the punter.

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