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Oldest active NFL player | Tom Brady | 45 years old | Tampa Bay Buccaneers

After announcing his retirement at the end of the 2021 season, Tom Brady reversed that decision just 40 days later and will line up under center for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in his 23rd season as a professional.

Brady turned 45 on August 3 and will become just the ninth player ever to play in the NFL at the age of 45 or over.

The Buccaneers quarterback is seeking a record-extending eighth Super Bowl, having added a seventh Lombardi Trophy with Tampa Bay in 2020-21 to the six he won in 20 seasons with the New England Patriots.

Oldest active players in the 2022-23 NFL season

1) Tom Brady | 45 years old | Tampa Bay Buccaneers

At 45 years old, Brady isn’t just the oldest player still active in the NFL but one of the oldest players in NFL history.

Just eight players have been active in the NFL past the age of 45, so Brady will be entering some select company when he takes to the field in 2022.

Brady is also in a league of his own when it comes to the 2022 season, with the next oldest player being a full five years younger than him.

2) Jason Peters | 40 years old | Free agent

The second-oldest active NFL player is offensive tackle Jason Peters, who is a free agent after spending the 2021 season with the Chicago Bears.

If Peters manages to find a new team, he will be into his 19th season in the NFL, having spent five seasons with Buffalo, 12 seasons with Philadelphia – where he won Super Bowl LII – and one with Chicago.

3) Dustin Colquitt | 40 years old | Free agent

Another 40-year-old free agent, punter Dustin Colquitt is hoping to be picked up ahead of his 18th professional season following his release by the Cleveland Browns at the end of the 2021 season.

After being selected in the third round of the 2005 draft by the Kansas City Chiefs, Colquitt spent 15 seasons at Arrowhead Stadium, winning Super Bowl LIV in his final year there, before bouncing around several different rosters since then.

4) Andy Lee | 40 years old | Arizona Cardinals

Lee is another punter who has shown great longevity in the NFL as he enters his 19th season in 2022.

The three-time Pro Bowler and First-Team All-Pro punter is mostly known for his stint with the San Francisco 49ers, where he holds the records for most career punting yards and most punting yards in a season, but has also played for the Cleveland Browns and Carolina Panthers before landing in Arizona in 2017.

5) Robbie Gould | 39 years old | San Francisco 49ers

San Francisco 49ers placekicker Robbie Gould will be featuring in his 18th NFL season in 2022 at the age of 39.

The Chicago Bears all-time leading scorer, Gould has also played for the New York Giants during his NFL career, and currently sits at 13th all-time for points in NFL history with 1,830. 

Oldest player in NFL history | George Blanda | 48 years old

The oldest player to ever play in the NFL was placekicker and quarterback George Blanda, who retired at the age of 48 after 26 seasons in professional football.

At the time of his retirement in 1976, Blanda was the leading scorer in NFL history with 2,002 – a mark that has since been surpassed by six players – and he still holds the records for most extra points made (943) and attempted (959).

Blanda is also one of just two players to play professional football across four different decades, with his career spanning from 1949 to 1976.

He never won a Super Bowl, but was a three-time AFL champion, winning two titles with the Houston Oilers and one with the Oakland Raiders.

Blanda was also named NFL Man of the Year in 1974, and won AFL MVP in 1961. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1981, in his first year of eligibility.