Of all the many treasured chestnuts of NFL wisdom, one rings truer every year: "It's a young man's game."
As the years roll on, NFL teams are turning to younger players to fill bigger roles earlier. Productive starters on the wrong side of 30 aren't looked at as veterans with valuable experience; they are seen as rapidly depreciating assets.
Given the choice, teams would rather roll the dice on a cheap, unproven young buck with fresh legs and a strong back than risk pledging guaranteed money to a star just a step or two ahead of Father Time.
That's why stars over 30 are so rare: Not only are they still hanging with the youngsters, they're defying the laws of nature to remain among the best players in the NFL.
To honor their achievements, let's assemble an All-Over-30 Team, a starting lineup of standout players who'll play the 2013 season after their 30th birthday.
Some ground rules: This is the best possible 22-player squad that can be formed out of over-30 players, not a "greatest active" squad. We're not going to be counting "rings," but judging who's the best man for the on-field job right now, at all 22 positions.
We're also not trying to make the "All-Old" team; we're not looking for the oldest possible viable starters, but the best possible starters given their age.
With all that said, here's the NFL's All-Over 30 Team.