NFL: 30 greatest seasons from players 30 and older

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The average span of an NFL career is extremely short. According to, career lengths in the National Football League span between 2.57-4.87 years and vary depending on the position. Even the average career of a quarterback is just 4.44 seasons in the NFL.

Many of the players that contribute to this low average end up bouncing around training camps and are out of the league within just a year or two. For the ones who are lucky enough to stick around and enjoy lengthy NFL careers, almost all of them find that their prime seasons usually fall between their mid-to-late twenties. However, a select few have found the fountain of youth and have experienced some of their best play late into their careers.

Tom Brady is probably the first player that came to mind. Despite coming off his age-43 season in 2020, he looks like he did a decade ago (and has the trophy case to prove it). Brady is fresh off his seventh Super Bowl win – more than any single franchise has in their history.

Every once in a while, a player will come along who has defied father time, and in their old age, they go on to put up a memorable season that will last for ages. There were many to choose from, but here are the 30 best seasons from NFL players 30 and older.