Despite playing the brutal sport of professional football past the age of 40, players like Vinny Testaverde and Steve DeBerg were still able to contribute to their respective squads in a number of positive ways. As great as these men were, however, they are not among these ageless NFL players 40 and older that made the Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.
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Check out the 15 NFL players 40 and older who made the Hall of Fame, including the two oldest that competed until the incredible ages of 48 and 47 years old.
George Blanda – 48 Years Old
The oldest NFL player to make the Hall of Fame, Blanda spent an incredible 26 seasons in the league as both a quarterback and placekicker. His most prolific season at QB came in 1961 for the Houston Oilers of the AFL as he threw for 3,330 yards and 36 touchdowns.
Blanda was also his teams' kicker and finished with 335 field goals and 958 extra points.
Morten Andersen – 47 Years Old
Just the second placekicking-only NFL player to get inducted in Canton along with Jan Stenerud, Andersen made an incredible 565 out of 709 field goal attempts, including a career-long of 60 in 1991 with the New Orleans Saints. He also missed only 10 extra points in his entire 25-year career making 849 of 859 attempts.
He also sent the Atlanta Falcons to their first Super Bowl in 1999 with this classic overtime boot.
NFL Players 40 and Older Who Made the Hall of Fame
|George Blanda||48||Oakland Raiders|
|Morten Andersen||47||Atlanta Falcons|
|Warren Moon||44||Kansas City Chiefs|
|Lou Groza||43||Cleveland Browns|
|Jan Stenerud||43||Minnesota Vikings|
|Darrell Green||42||Washington Redskins|
|Jerry Rice||42||Oakland Raiders/Seattle Seahawks|
|Jackie Slater||41||St. Louis Rams|
|Ken Strong||41||New York Giants|
|Len Dawson||40||Kansas City Chiefs|
|Sonny Jurgensen||40||Washington Redskins|
|Bruce Matthews||40||Tennessee Titans|
|Bruce Smith||40||Washington Redskins|
|Jim Thorpe||40||Chicago Cardinals|
|Johnny Unitas||40||San Diego Chargers|