Super Bowl 50: 13 players over 30
A total of 13 players over the age of 30 will take the field on Sunday for Super Bowl 50. Certainly, this will be the last NFL game for several of these players. A win in Super Bowl 50 may be enough for a veteran in his mid-30s to seriously consider retirement.
The Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers reached the Super Bowl due to consistent contributions from veteran players; we’re going to list all 13 of these 30-somethings (Charles Tillman, 34, is left off the list because he is sidelined with a partially torn ACL injury).
(Editor’s note: All stats in this article come by way of Pro Football Reference.)
13. Vernon Davis, 32
Since joining the Broncos at midseason, Davis hasn’t been all that special. Drops have plagued him since he first donned an orange uniform, but he managed to catch 28 passes for 201 yards. Davis hasn’t reached the end zone since the 2014 season.
In addition, Davis has barely been targeted over the last month-plus. He was targeted once in the AFC Championship Game, the first time the ball was thrown his way since Dec. 20 against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
But maybe a return to the Bay Area where he made his fame will light a fire underneath Davis. Furthermore, he missed-out on a ring a few years ago when the Baltimore Ravens dealt the San Francisco 49ers a loss in XLVII.
It’s hard to see Davis sticking around much longer in the league. This could be his last chance at the ultimate prize.
Next: 12. Cortland Finnegan, 32