kickers

When it comes to sports, you need plenty of stamina to be an athlete. Likewise, playing in the National Football League (NFL) isn’t something that players do for a long period as it takes a great amount of mental and physical toll. This is the very reason why NFL players get the utmost respect from their supporters and look up to them with such admiration. 

Here in this article, we have listed the top 7 oldest kickers to play in the NFL.

1. George Blanda

Born: September 17, 1927

Died: September 27, 2010 (83 years)

Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)

Years Active:  1949 – 1975 (26 seasons)

Squad(s): Chicago Bears (1949); Baltimore Colts (1950); Chicago Bears (1950–1958); Houston Oilers (1960–1966); and Oakland Raiders (1967–1975)

Position: Placekicker, Quarterback

George Blanda conquered NFL history, setting several of the longest-lasting records in the league. He was widely known for playing the role of quarterback and a powerful kicker. At the age of 48, he announced his retirement making him the oldest kicker, the oldest quarterback, and the oldest football player ever. 

A few of his accomplishments include the highest number of games played (340), the highest number of consecutive games played (224), and the highest number of points scored (2,002). 

2. Morten Andersen

Born: 19 August 1960 (62 years)

Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)

Years Active: 1982 – 2004; and 2006 – 2007 (25 seasons)

Squad(s): New Orleans Saints (1982–1994);

Atlanta Falcons (1995–2000); New York Giants (2001); Kansas City Chiefs (2002–2003); Minnesota Vikings (2004); and Atlanta Falcons (2006–2007)

Position: Placekicker

Morten Andersen was 47 years old when he retired, making him the oldest sole kicker in the history of the NFL. 

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He had a long successful career setting numerous records. Some of his accomplishments include the highest field goal attempts (709) and the highest number of goals (103) on the game-winning field.

3. Adam Vinatieri

Born: December 28, 1972 (49 years)

Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)

Years Active: 1996 – Present (24 seasons)

Squad(s): Amsterdam Admirals (1996); New England Patriots (1996–2005); and Indianapolis Colts (2006–2019)

Position: Placekicker

Adam Vinatieri who is 49 years as of November 2022 is still an active player which makes him the oldest kicker and the oldest player right now in the history of the NFL. Vinatieri is marked as still active on the Colts’ roster.

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In addition to his long career, he also holds many kicking records and is regarded as one of the best kickers of all time.

4. John Carney

Born: April 20, 1964 (58 years)

Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)

Years Active:1988 – 2010 (23 seasons)

Squad(s): Cincinnati Bengals (1987); Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1987–1989); Los Angeles Rams (1990); San Diego Chargers (1990–2000); New Orleans Saints (2001–2006); Jacksonville Jaguars (2007); Kansas City Chiefs (2007); New York Giants (2008); and New Orleans Saints (2009–2010)

Position: Placekicker

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John Carney played for 23 seasons in the NFL. He retired at the age of 46. He holds numerous goal records as in most games, he scored five or more field goals in a profession (11), and in most games, he scored four or more field goals in a profession (29).

5. Gary Anderson

Born: 16 July 1959 (63 years)

Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)

Years Active: 1982 – 2004 (23 seasons)

Squad(s): Buffalo Bills (1982); Pittsburgh Steelers (1982–1994); Philadelphia Eagles (1995–1996); San Francisco 49ers (1997); Minnesota Vikings (1998–2002); and Tennessee Titans (2003–2004)

Position: Placekicker

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Gary Anderson is one of 7 kickers to have an immaculate season in the NFL in 1998 season with a 100 percent field goal (35 out of 35 field goals). At 39, he was the oldest player to set this record. 

6. Ben Agajanian

Born: August 28, 1919

Died: February 8, 2018 (98 years)

Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)

Years Active: 1945; 1947–1949; 1953– 1957; 1960–1962; and 1964 (14 seasons)

Squad(s): Hollywood Bears (1942); San Diego Bombers (1943); Hollywood Rangers (1944); Philadelphia Eagles (1945); Pittsburgh Steelers (1945); Los Angeles Dons (1947–1948); New York Giants (1949); Los Angeles Rams (1953); New York Giants (1954–1957); Los Angeles Chargers (1960); Dallas Texans (1961); Green Bay Packers (1961); Oakland Raiders (1962); and San Diego Chargers (1964)

Position: Placekicker

Benjamin Agajanian is considered the first kicking wizard in NFL history. He also earned the nickname “The Toeless Wonder” as his kicking foot had only four toes due to an accident.

7. Eddie Murray

Born: August 29, 1956 (66 years)

Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)

Years Active: 1980 – 1995; 1997; 1999 – 2000 (19 seasons)

Squad(s): Detroit Lions (1980–1991); Kansas City Chiefs (1992); Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1992); Dallas Cowboys (1993); Philadelphia Eagles (1994); Washington Redskins (1995); Minnesota Vikings (1997); Dallas Cowboys (1999); and Washington Redskins (2000)

Position: Kicker

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Eddie Murray’s kicking profession started in 1980 after he was selected by the Detroit Lions. After he joined the Lions, Murray became the franchise’s highest scorer. He is currently the twentieth most points scored (1,594) in the history of the NFL.



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