The New Age of the Quarterback

So far, this season, 44 quarterbacks have thrown more than 8 attempts. With Mason Rudolph looking like he might not be playing soon due to that nasty concussion from Earl Thomas, there is a possibility of having four starting rookies quarterbacks next week. It soon going to be a new generation of quarterbacks.

Hate to say it, but some of the greats are getting older. 7 quarterbacks that have started at least one game this season that are over the age of 35 includes:

  • Tom Brady, 6-time Super Bowl Champ, 3-time MVP, AGE: 42
  • Drew Brees, 1-time Super Bowl Champ, 12-time Pro Bowler, AGE: 40
  • Philip Rivers, 8-time Pro Bowler, 8 Children, AGE: 38
  • Eli Manning, 2-time Super Bowl Champ, 4-time Pro Bowler, AGE: 38
  • Ben Roethlisberger, 2-time Super Bowl Champ, 6-time Pro Bowler, AGE: 37
  • Ryan Fitzpatrick, 144 Games with 8 Teams, AGE: 37
  • Aaron Rodgers, 1-time Super Bowl Champ, 2-time MVP, AGE: 36

All of these players have had decent if not great careers in the league. They have been the quarterbacks, along with Peyton Manning, I grew up watching and admiring to be. (Now, I’m a 16 year old who hasn’t played a single game of tackle football his whole life so…) I will miss these guys one day. I wouldn’t be surprised if, at the beginning of the 2021 season, only Aaron Rodgers was still in the league and playing great football.

But, the players coming up are showing great promise. We will be in good hands because the following QBs are 27 and under:

  • Patrick Mahomes, 2018 MVP, AGE: 24
  • Carson Wentz, 2017 Super Bowl Champ, AGE: 27
  • Jared Goff, Lost in the 2019 Super Bowl, AGE: 25
  • Dak Prescott, Hasn’t missed a game in his whole career, AGE: 26
  • Deshaun Watson, 2016 College National Champion, AGE: 24
  • Lamar Jackson, This Generation of Michael Vick, AGE: 22
  • Baker Mayfield, 2018 1st Overall Pick, AGE: 24
  • Kyler Murray, 2019 1st Overall Pick, AGE: 22
  • Gardner Minshew, Has the best Mustache in the League, AGE: 23

Only time will tell how and when the cycle begins if it already hasn’t.

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