Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is going into his eighth year with the NFL, but this kid’s just beginning to hit his stride.
While some other players might cringe at the thought of turning 30, Flacco, who hits that mark in January, doesn’t bat an eye. He feels like he’s just getting started.
“It’s funny, but I feel like I’m starting to finally mature,” Flacco told ESPN. “I think there is definitely a physical peak for people, and it’s probably a little later than most people would believe. Mentally, I think there’s no reason why you can’t bet better and better. And at my position, that’s a lot of it.”
The statistics support Flacco. Eight of the top 10 quarterbacks last year in passer rating were over 30. The only ones younger were Andrew Luck and Russell Wilson. Six projected starters are 35 or older: Peyton Manning (39), Tom Brady (38),Drew Brees (36), Josh McCown (36), Carson Palmer (35) and Tony Romo (35). All but one (McCown) ranked in the top 10 in passer rating last season.
Flacco has won 72 regular-season games before turning 30, which ranks fifth in the NFL. He has led the Ravens to 10 postseason victories before the age of 30, which trails only Brady (12).
Flacco also has health on his side, he has 112 consecutive starts and has never missed a game due to injury. Flacco said he doesn’t understand why he can’t keep playing until he’s 45, at this rate, neither do we.