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Michael Vick's Birthday Gift: Age Does Not Matter for Super Bowl QBs

ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 24:  Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles at Cowboys Stadium on December 24, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Dave StoesselAnalyst IIJune 26, 2012

Philadelphia Eagles QB Michael Vick turned 32 years old today. What better way to celebrate his birthday than seeing if age matters for quarterbacks when it comes to reaching the Super Bowl?

You see, around here in Philadelphia, we've been brainwashed into thinking that players over 30 years old should be put out to pasture. For the most part, it's true that the majority of players over that dreaded age begin to experience a decline in their abilities.

However, certain positions are exempt from that rule and quarterback is one of them.

Eagles fans are counting on Vick to lead them to a Super Bowl this season. So, in case Mike is feeling "old" today, I thought I'd take a look to see if age really matters when it comes to quarterbacks who have reached the NFL's biggest game.

After seeing the results, Vick can hold off on his AARP application...

There have been 46 Super Bowls played so far. Out of those 46 games, there has been a total of 54 different QBs who have played in them. 

Out of those 54 QBs, there have been 29 different winners. Out of those 29 different winners, 12 were 32 years old or more when they won.

Out of the 54 different QBs to play in the Super Bowl, there has been a total of 21 who were 32 or older when they played.

Furthermore, there have been several QBs who have won more than one Super Bowl. Out of the 46 total Super Bowls, 16 were won by a QB who was 32 years old or more.

PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 18:  Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles warms up before the start of the Eagles game against the New York Jets at Lincoln Financial Field on December 18, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Ima
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Also, out of the 46 Super Bowls, 28 games have involved a QB who was 32 or older.

Are you staying with me here? Let me break the above down like this:

Number of different QBs to play in a Super Bowl: 54
Number of different QBs to win a Super Bowl: 29
Number of different QBs 32 or older to play: 21
Number of different QBs 32 or older to win: 12
Number of Super Bowls: 46
Number of Super Bowls won by a QB 32 or older: 16
Number of Super Bowls involving a QB 32 or older: 28
39% of all Super Bowl QBs were 32 or older
41% of all Super Bowl-winning QBs were 32 or older
35% of all Super Bowls won by QBs who were 32 or older
61% of all Super Bowls involved a QB who was 32 or older

Those are pretty good percentages, especially that last one, and show that age is truly just a number when it comes to quarterbacks who can either get to, or win the Lombardi trophy.

Plus, the stars must be aligned. It just so happens that 13 is my favorite number, and so far there have been 12 different QBs age 32 or older to win a Super Bowl. It seems to me that Vick is primed to become lucky number 13.

Happy Birthday Mike! Now how about giving Eagles fans the gift they've been waiting over 50 birthdays for!

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