NFL players over the age of 30 have become a dying breed. Almost 92 percent of the players on opening-week rosters in 2014 were ages 29 and under. A sizeable chunk of the 30-somethings still playing also is comprised of quarterbacks and specialists, positions that inherently don't involve the same amount of physical contact as others. Even so, there remain plenty of oldies-but-goodies entering the 2015 campaign to comprise a top-notch starting unit. FOX Sports Senior NFL Writer Alex Marvez picks his All 30-Something team among players who are at that age as of June 30.
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QB: Aaron Rodgers, Packers (31)
With all due respect to Tom Brady (37) and Peyton Manning (39), Rodgers is the game’s top quarterback. The reigning NFL Most Valuable Player is coming off a season in which he threw 38 touchdown passes and only five interceptions while leading Green Bay to the NFC title game.
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RB: Adrian Peterson, Vikings (30)
Most running backs hit the wall at age 30, but there is reason to believe a physical phenom like Peterson will be an exception, especially since he played in only one game last season following league discipline for a child-abuse charge.
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RB: Frank Gore, Colts (32)
Despite being the NFL’s oldest active running back, Gore found himself in high demand as a free agent this offseason. The leading rusher in San Francisco 49ers history, Gore left to sign with Indianapolis.
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WR: Steve Smith Sr., Ravens (36)
Smith’s ascent in the NFL record book continued in 2014 with a 79-catch, 1,065-yard receiving season. Carolina’s all-time receiving leader also showed he still has wheels when scoring on an 80-yard touchdown reception.
WR Andre Johnson, Colts (33)
Johnson, who turns 34 on July 11, is the most storied player in Houston Texans history. He signed a three-year, $21 million contract with Indianapolis following his release this offseason.
TE: Jason Witten, Cowboys (33)
While he may never be able to break Tony Gonzalez’s NFL receiving records, Witten is setting the bar high for other tight ends. Witten ranks second in catches (943) and yards (10,502) all-time at the position.
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LT: Joe Thomas, Browns (30)
Thomas is not only the NFL’s most accomplished left tackle. He also hasn’t missed a single snap since entering the league as a 2007 first-round draft choice. That string of 7,917 consecutive plays is the longest among active players.
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LG: Free agent Evan Mathis (33)
Following his recent release by Philadelphia over a contract dispute, Mathis became the top free agent on the market. Mathis was a late bloomer who started playing his best football in 2011 after he signed with the Eagles.
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C: Nick Mangold, Jets (31)
From Brett Favre to Geno Smith, Mangold has snapped to seven different starting quarterbacks since joining the Jets in 2006. He has missed only three games in that span.
RG: Marshal Yanda, Ravens (30)
The Ravens have fielded a 1,000-yard rusher in five of Yanda’s eight seasons with the franchise. Yanda, who turns 31 in September, will be a hot free-agent commodity next offseason if Baltimore can’t reach agreement on a contract extension.
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RT: Zach Strief, Saints (31)
He may be playing on borrowed time in New Orleans with the Saints spending a 2015 first-round pick on Stanford’s Andrus Peat. But for at least one more season, Strief should again be helping to keep quarterback Drew Brees’s jersey clean.
DT: Kyle Williams, Bills (32)
Although among the NFL’s shortest defensive linemen at 6 feet 1, the 303-pound Williams compensates through technique and tenacious play. He also has excelled in both 3-4 and 4-3 schemes.
DT: Haloti Ngata, Lions (31)
Baltimore made the tough decision to trade Ngata to the Lions in March after being unable to reach agreement on a contract restructure. Detroit is hoping Ngata can help fill the void created by Ndamukong Suh’s offseason departure to Miami.
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DE: Rob Ninkovich, Patriots (31)
After seeing almost no action during his first three seasons in New Orleans and Miami, Ninkovich found a home with the Patriots. He has logged 30.5 sacks while starting every game for the past four seasons.
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DE: Cameron Wake, Dolphins (33)
Having started his pro career in the Canadian Football League, Wake didn’t need long to become one of the NFL’s top pass rushers after signing with Miami in 2009. Wake has 57.5 sacks in the past five seasons.
OLB: DeMarcus Ware, Broncos (32)
Ware is switching back to outside linebacker in Denver’s new 3-4 system after having previously played defensive end in a 4-3. Ware holds the Dallas Cowboys' all-time sack record and ranks third among active players with 127 during his 10-year career.
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OLB: Terrell Suggs, Ravens (32)
With 106.5 career sacks, Suggs is one of just seven active players in triple digits. Besides his pass-rushing acumen, “T-Sizzle” is considered one of the game’s best run-stuffers.
MLB: Paul Posluszny, Jaguars (30)
Posluszny has proven one of the NFL’s most productive defenders in his eight seasons. Posluszny was on track for his seventh consecutive year of at least 110 tackles in 2014 before suffering a season-ending injury.
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CB: Johnathan Joseph, Texans (31)
Although he doesn’t garner the same media attention as contemporaries like Richard Sherman and Darrelle Revis, Joseph ranks among the best cornerbacks of his generation. He signed a three-year, $22 million contract extension in mid-June.
CB: Brent Grimes, Dolphins (31)
Grimes, who turns 32 on July 19, recovered from a torn Achilles tendon in 2012 to re-emerge as one of the NFL’s premier cornerbacks. Grimes has reached the Pro Bowl in each of the past two seasons with the Dolphins.
FS: Eric Weddle, Chargers (30)
Weddle is the glue to San Diego’s secondary. He earned his second career All-Pro selection last season after registering 114 tackles and eight passes defensed.
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SS: San Antoine Bethea, 49ers (30)
The 49ers didn’t skip a beat at strong safety last season when signing Bethea away from Indianapolis to replace Donte Whitner (Cleveland). Bethea earned his third career Pro Bowl berth and finished with a personal-best 10 passes defensed.
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K: Adam Vinatieri, Colts (42)
The NFL’s oldest active player and the only kicker to ever make game-winning field goals in the final minute of two Super Bowls is still going strong. Vinatieri needs five points to pass Jason Hanson (2,150) for the third-highest total in NFL history.
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P: Sam Koch, Ravens (32)
Koch is coming off his best season of his nine years with the Ravens. He posted career-bests in both gross (47.4 yards) and net (43.3) averages, with the latter figure leading all NFL punters in 2014.
Returner: Devin Hester, Falcons (32)
Hester broke Deion Sanders’ record for all-time touchdowns on returns with 20 when scoring on a punt during a 2014 rout of Tampa Bay. Hester also is the only player to have returned the opening kickoff of a Super Bowl for a touchdown.