Donald Driver and 4 Ageless NFL Wonders
The Packers' most productive receiver in history was at it again today against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. While he didn't contribute on the scoreboard, his sure hands are still a threat for opposing defenses.
The 36-year-old wideout has definitely slowed down, but that doesn't mean he is less of a weapon in the high-powered Green Bay offense. Driver is the kind of player who could do real damage in the playoffs if opposing teams choose to work on Jennings and Nelson on the outside.
Here are some other savvy veteran players who still have a huge impact on their team despite their advanced age.
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You might be asking why Lewis makes this list when he didn't even step on the field this week, but that actually has a lot to do with it. Despite being closer to 40 than 30, it was a shock that Lewis did not give it a go today.
He has been incredibly steady his entire career and is still a force to be reckoned with in the middle of the Baltimore defense.
The question of when Lewis plans on retiring is not one on the minds of Ravens fans right now, and that stands to reason. Why would he?
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How long has Jason Hanson been around? He played during both of the Bush presidencies and was on the Lions' roster the last time they made the playoffs over 10 seasons ago.
Admittedly, it is not shocking for a kicker to hang around the league this long but it is much less common for that player to spend his whole career with one team.
Through good times, bad times and now good times again, Hanson is a picture of consistency in Detroit.
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The grand old man in the middle of the Chiefs' offensive line is a NFL anomaly. Most teams are looking for the youth movement on the offensive line, but in KC the experience of the 38-year-old Wiegmann helped to stop the bleeding after the disastrous start that Kansas City got off too.
Things are starting to unravel in Kansas City again, but having Wiegmann in the huddle should help new quarterback Tyler Palko resuscitate the Chiefs offense.
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The Broncos have a very "experienced" defensive secondary. In fact, on many teams the 33-year-old pair of Andre Goodman and Champ Bailey would easily be the oldest, but in Denver they are five years off the pace.
That pace (as well as the attitude that the Broncos defense is now playing with) is set by the 38-year-old Brian Dawkins. B-Dawk is still a great run stopper and pass rusher from the safety position and is looking rejuvenated along with the rest of the Broncos defense.