Super Bowl 50: 13 players over 30
2. Evan Mathis, 34
The oldest offensive lineman in Super Bowl 50, Mathis will be playing against the same team that drafted him into the NFL. With the 79th pick in the 2005 NFL Draft, the Panthers selected Mathis out of Alabama, where he started 15 of 25 games over a three-year span before a 2008 season that saw Mathis playing for two teams, the Miami Dolphins and Cincinnati Bengals.
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After two outstanding seasons with the Bengals in 2009 and 2010, Mathis signed with the Philadelphia Eagles, where his career really started to catch fire. Beginning in 2011, Pro Football Focus tabbed Mathis the best guard in the NFL three straight years in a row. 2013 was the Mathis’ career year, as he earned Pro Football Focus’ inaugural Bruce Matthews Award and was named First Team All-Pro.
However, Mathis’ time in Philly came to a head when Chip Kelly cut him this past summer for skipping voluntary OTAs for contract leverage reasons. The Eagles’ loss quickly became the Broncos’ gain; Mathis appeared in all 16 games for Denver this season. After Ryan Clady suffered a season-ending ACL tear in OTAs, the Broncos were severely undermanned at the position, and Mathis filled the void.
Of the 34-year-olds playing in Super Bowl 50, Mathis seems like the least likely to retire considering how well he’s still playing.
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