As of the start of the 2014 NFL season, Indianapolis Colts placekicker Adam Vinatieri is the oldest active player in the league at 41. The kicker, who turns 42 on Dec. 28, 2014, signed a two-year contract with the Colts in March 2014. The record for the oldest player in history belongs to George Blanda, who retired at age 48 in 1975.
Vinatieri won three Super Bowls with the New England Patriots and one with the Colts, as of 2014. The placekicker has played for just two franchises during the first 19 years of his career. One of his best seasons was 2004, when Vinatieri made 31 of 33 field goals, scored 141 points, and even threw a four-yard touchdown pass versus the St. Louis Rams.
The kicker scored more than 2,000 points in his career, one of only seven people to accomplish the feat in NFL history, as of 2014. The next-closest active player in points scored is 36-year-old Sebastian Janikowski with 1,528 points.
Six other kickers in the league are 36 or older, as of the 2014 NFL season. Quarterbacks Drew Brees, Tom Brady and Peyton Manning are all 35 or older, and all three men are record-setting quarterbacks in terms of yardage, touchdown passes and passes thrown.