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Top 10 NFL QB’s To Play In Their 40’s 

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The NFL has had its fair share of young and talented stars over the years. There have been legends and plenty of veteran stars that have graced us with their elite level of play. But at what point is a quarterback past his prime? Is Tom Brady an outlier or have there been other quarterbacks playing into their 40s? Here is a look at the other “over 40” quarterbacks who played in the NFL.

The Top NFL Quarterbacks Over 40

Dave Krieg

1980-1998 – The quarterback played 213 NFL games while throwing for 38,147 and 261 touchdowns during his 19 seasons in the NFL. dave Krieg was a 3-time pro bowl selection before retiring at the age of 40.

Doug Flutie

1986-2005 – originally drafted in the 11th round, 258th overall by the Los Angeles Rams. He would land in Chicago where he made his debut in 1986. The 13-year veteran, was a pro bowler and threw for 58,179 yards, with 4,286 completions, and racked up 369 touchdowns. The five-foot-ten quarterback spent time with the Buffalo Bills, San Diego Chargers, and the New England Patriots.

Len Dawson

1957-1975 – a 1st round, 5th overall draft selection of the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1957 Len Dawson would go on to play 211 games in the NFL. The six-foot-quarterback threw for 28,711 yards, and 239 touchdowns. Len Dawson is a 7-time pro bowler, a Super Bowl champion and MVP, a Walter Payton award winner (1973), 2-time All – Pro  and a 3-time AFL champion.

George Blanda

1949-1975 – The 4-time pro bowl quarterback played in the NFL for 27 years playing in 340 games during that time. He threw for 26,920 yards, and 236 touchdowns. George Blanda spent time with the Chicago Bears, Oakland Raiders, and Houston Oilers. He was a 3-time AFL champion, and won the Walter Payton Award in 1974.

Earl Morrall

1956-1976 – The 2nd overall selection of the San Francisco 49ers in 1956 went on to win 3 Super Bowls during his career and was selected to 2 pro bowls. The quarterback played until he was 42 years of age throwing for 20,809 yards and 161 touchdowns, he played for 6 teams during his NFL career.

Johnny Unitas

1956-1973 – Selected in the 9th round by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1955 NFL Draft Johnny Unitas would go on to throw for 40,239 yards and 290 touchdowns during his 18-year NFL career. The long time Baltimore Ravens quarterback was a super bowl champion a 10-time prow bowl quarterback, a 5-Time all-pro bowl selection and the 1970 Walter Payton Award Winner. 

Vinny Testaverde

1987-2007 – the 1st overall pick of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1987 would go on to play in 233 NFL Games during his 21 seasons. Vinny Testaverde threw for  46,233 yards and accumulated 275 touchdowns during his time with seven different team’s, He was a 2-time pro bowl quarterback.

Warren Moon

1984-2000 – The long time Houston Oilers quarterback spent 17 seasons in the NFL. Warren Moon threw for 49,325 yards and 291 touchdowns during his NFL tenure. The 1989 Walter Payton Award Winner played in 208 games as was selected to the pro bowl 9-times during his career. He also spent time with the Minnesota Vikings, Kansas City Chiefs, and the Seattle Seahawks

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Brett Favre

1991-2010 – Originally drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the 1991 NFL Draft, Brett Favre was one of the best quarterbacks for many years. The 11-time pro bowler threw for 71,838 yards, including 508 touchdowns in 302 games played. He was a super bowl champion, a 3-time All-Pro, and he was selected to the 1990’s All-Hall of Fame team. Brett Favre spent 16 seasons with the Green Bay Packers before moving on to the Minnesota Vikings, and New York Jets.

Tom Brady – 2000-Present

The top quarterback in the history of the NFL without a doubt goes to the 2000, 6th round selection of the New England Patriots. Playing 20 seasons in New England, and winning 6 Super Bowl championships, Brady retired only to come back signing for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The future hall of fame quarterback has won 7 Super Bowl titles, he is 15-time pro bowl selection, a 5-time Super Bowl MVP, a 3-time All Pro and was selected to the 2000’s and 2010’s Hall of Fame teams. 

List of Quarterbacks Over 40 by Age

Over 40 Club

Wade Wilson – Oakland Raiders 

Johnny Unitas – San Diego Chargers

Dave Krieg – Tennessee Oilers 

Sonny Jurgenson – Washington Redskins

Brad Johnson – Dallas Cowboys

Matt Hasselbeck – Indianapolis Colts

Jim Hart – Washington Redskins

Joe Ferguson – Indianapolis Colts 

Vince Evans – Oakland Raiders 

Len Dawson – Kansas City Chiefs

Charlie Conerly – New York Giants 

41 Club

Brett Favre – Minnesota Vikings

Mark Brunell – New York Jets 

42 Club

Earl Morrall – Miami Dolphins

Doug Flutie – New England Patriots

43 Club

Vinny Testaverde – Carolina Panthers

Warren Moon – Kansas City Chiefs 

Steve DeBerg – Atlanta Falcons 

44 Club

Tom Brady – Tampa Bay Buccaneers 

47 Club

George Blanda – Oakland Raiders

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Kyle Outridge is a writer with an extreme passion for Football, Hockey, Baseball and all sports. Kyle Outridge shares his thoughts and opinions with you on Overtime Heroics.