Who is the oldest quarterback to ever play in the NFL?
While Tom Brady ranks as the oldest active NFL player in the '21 season, he's not the oldest QB in NFL history yet; George Blanda wins the title, at 48.
Entering the 2021 season, Tom Brady is officially the oldest active player in the NFL. At 44 years old, the six-time Super Bowl winner is the only NFL player currently in his 40s, as well as the oldest MVP in the NFL.
But does Brady win the title of the oldest NFL quarterback in the league’s history?
Who is the oldest NFL quarterback?
Brady will still need another five years- which we deem quite probable- to be the oldest quarterback in NFL history. The Chicago Bears’ quarterback, George Blanda, is graded the oldest player and quarterback in the league, retiring at age 48 in 1976.
Blanda, who played 10 years with the Chicago Bears followed by seven seasons with the Houston Oilers and nine-years with the Oakland Raiders, was the first player to celebrate a Silver Anniversary in pro football as he finished his career with an all-time high of 26 seasons.
He was named Player of the Year for quarterbacking, and the "Player Who Best Exemplifies the Pride and Spirit of the Oakland Raiders" in 1970.
John Nesser comes in second place, as the second oldest quarterback in the NFL, retiring at 45 years old. Interestingly enough, Nesser started playing football before the NFL even existed, in 1909, and went on to play for the Columbus Panhandlers, who were considered the first NFL team ever.
Tom Brady, oldest active NFL player
If Brady continues playing for at least one more season, he’ll already be the second oldest quarterback in history, following Blanda. Some NFL fans have a reason to believe he will continue wowing the NFL world for a little while longer; the 44-year-old told journalist Andrea Kremer he could "literally play until I'm 50 or 55" if he wanted to.
In the 2020 season, Brady’s old Patriots teammate, Adam Vinatieri and Saints quarterback Drew Brees, were the two other NFL players in their 40s. However, they both retired entering the 2021 season, leaving Brady solo in the 40s club.
Early in 2022, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will reach his 40s, too.