1970 Oakland Raiders, age 43
The late George Blanda joined the Bears as a 22-year-old quarterback and kicker in 1949 and retired from the Raiders in 1975 at 48, still the oldest player in NFL history. The 1970s campaign was the one that made him a legend among the gridiron geriatric set. In an amazing five-week stretch in the middle of the season, Blanda twice came off the bench in place of Daryle Lamonica to throw game-winning touchdowns in the fourth quarter, and three times kicked game-winning or game-tying field goals in the final seconds, including two kicks longer than he was old: a 48-yarder to tie the Chiefs and a 53-yard boomer the following week to beat the Browns. Blanda nailed a 41-yard field goal in his final game, a 16-10 loss to the Steelers in the 1975 AFC title contest. Here are some of the NFL's other golden oldies.