At 39, Peyton Manning would become the oldest quarterback to win a Super Bowl should his Denver Broncos find a way to beat the Carolina Panthers on Sunday. It won’t be easy, however, as the Panthers have lost once all season, are nearly a touchdown favorite, and seem to have nearly every advantage over the Broncos.
History is not on the side of the aged in the Super Bowl. Odds are, if Manning wants to win his second championship and likely call it a career in style, he will need help from his outstanding defense and bathe in the fountain of youth, like these eight players who were at least 33 when they delivered outstanding Super Bowl performances.
8. QB Steve Young (33 years old) in Super Bowl XXIX
Young waited patiently for years behind Joe Montana and made the most of his one trip to a Super Bowl. Young gashed the San Diego Chargers for 325 yards through the air, 49 more yards on the ground and six passing touchdowns in the 49ers’ 49-26 gouging of the Chargers.
Manning should consider himself fortunate if he throws half as many touchdowns against the Panthers. Sure, 33 may not seem old compared to 39, but Young was three years older than Manning when he beat the Bears in Super Bowl XLI.