Hall of Famer George Blanda set the standard in the NFL for playing solid football past what's considered one's prime.
For those not in the know, Blanda was a quarterback and kicker who played until the age of 48, retiring in 1975 after 26 years in the league.
He was the rarity back then. Today, playing football beyond 35, and doing it at a high level, is not uncommon.
With advances in exercises science and sports nutrition, many players with the proper motivation and dedication can maintain outstanding careers, even into their 40s.
The following is a Baker's Dozen list of NFL players who have stopped Father Time and are still playing solid football past the age of 35.
Note: Players like Isaac Bruce who are retiring, but haven't officially announced it yet, are not on this list.
One of the greatest clutch kickers in NFL history.
Vinatieri has been to two Pro Bowls and owns four Super Bowl rings. The highlight of his career was the game—winning field goal in Super Bowl XXXVI against the Rams.
He has scored 1,530 points and made 338 field goals in his stellar career.
Vinatieri missed all of last season with a injury and is looking to bounce back in 2010.
Hanson has been the one consistent player on a Detroit Lions franchise that has struggled for so long.
The 18—year veteran is fifth all—time in scoring (1,835 points) and owns or shares six NFL kicking records, including most field goals beyond 50 yards (42).
Hanson still has a strong leg from 49 yards on in and even made a 50-yarder last season.
Stover, the all—time leading scorer in Ravens history, came in last season when Adam Vinatieri went down and helped the Colts reach the Super Bowl.
He's the fourth leading scorer in NFL history (2,004 points) and one of only five kickers to score 2,000 or more points.
Stover holds NFL records for most consecutive field goals (38) and most consecutive extra points (469). He was also the oldest person to play and score in a Super Bowl.
He is currently a free agent, but has no plans of retiring just yet.
Look for him to land with someone once training camp starts.
Richardson is a blue-collar player.
A devastating blocker with good hands, he is still one of the best fullbacks in the game today.
The three-time Pro Bowler was the lead blocker for a Jets team that was tops in the league in rushing last season.
His 215 career receptions and power-running style make Richardson more than just a one-dimensional fullback.
He is a key piece in the Jets offense.
Collins has had an up-and-down career in the NFL, but there's no denying his leadership ability.
The former Penn State star has lead three different teams (Panthers, Giants, and Titans) to the playoffs. He took New York all the way to the Super Bowl during the 2000 season.
Collins, a two-time Pro Bowler, has thrown for 38,618 yards and 192 touchdowns in a 16-year career.
He's taken a backseat to Vince Young in Tennessee, but Jeff Fisher likes having him around just in case.
Galloway has battled injury problems and only played in three games last season.
He's back healthy and signed with the Redskins in April.
Despite his age, Galloway is still a speed-burner and a legit deep threat.
His career stats stand at 689 receptions for 10,777 yards and 77 TDs.
The all-time leading receiver in Carolina Panthers history, Muhammad has had a solid NFL career despite playing second fiddle to the more flamboyant Steve Smith.
The two-time Pro Bowler caught 53 passes for 581 yards last season and has career totals of 860 catches for 11,438 yards with 62 touchdowns.
Muhammad is currently a free agent but should be signed soon.
The mouth that roared is starting to slow down, but T.O. still can be a productive receiver in the NFL, provided some team gives him a chance.
Owens was released by Buffalo after one season in which he produced 55 catches for 829 yards and five scores.
It looks like a down year for Owens until you take a gander at the quarterbacks he had throwing to him.
Trent Edwards and Ryan Fitzpatrick don't exactly produce fear in the hearts of NFL defenses.
Like him or not, there's no denying his ability on the field.
The six-time Pro Bowler has 1,006 career receptions for 14,954 yards and 144 touchdowns.
Look for him to sign before training camp gets underway.
Mawae is an eight-time Pro Bowler, including an appearance this past January at the age of 39.
He has been outspoken about being an unsigned free agent, claiming he's being blackballed because of his position as president of the NFLPA .
Mawae was named to the All-Decade team of the 2000s and is one of the games all-time greatest centers.
Derrick Mason is like a vintage wine, he gets better with age.
The three-time Pro Bowler had an excellent 2010 campaign—hauling down 73 passes for 1,028 yards with seven scores.
His career stats are even more impressive: 863 catches for 11,089 yards and 59 touchdowns.
Look for an even bigger year in 2010 for Mason with Anquan Boldin joining the fold in Baltimore, and Joe Flacco another year older and wiser.
One of the saddest days in history for an Eagles fan was February 28, 2009.
That was the day Brian Dawkins signed a contract with the Denver Broncos after Philadelphia didn't make an offer for him.
Dawkins immediately made the Denver defense better with his intensity and leadership.
He was rewarded with his eighth Pro Bowl selection after a 95-tackle, two-interception performance in 2009.
A member of the 2000s All-Decade team, Dawkins is one of the best to ever play his position and a surefire Hall of Famer.
Even at 37, Williams is the best run-stuffing tackle in the game.
Paired with teammate Kevin Williams, the Vikings have led the league in rushing defense three of the past four seasons. In 2009, Minnesota was second.
Williams has gone to three Pro Bowls and shows no signs of wearing down.
Another solid year should be in the works.
Who else did you expect?
Just when you thought the ageless wonder couldn't top himself, Favre silenced the critics last year by having perhaps the best season of his amazing career.
The all-time NFL passing leader capped a marvelous season by leading Minnesota to the NFC Championship game before losing to New Orleans in overtime.
Favre's stats in 2009 were incredible: 363-of-531 for 4,202 yards and 33 touchdowns. He was voted to his 11th Pro Bowl.
He recently had ankle surgery giving every indication he's coming back for season number 20.
With Favre back, look for the Vikings to make another Super Bowl run.