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Gene Wang

A sports staff writer at The Washington Post

Full Moon


George Blanda may be widely regarded as the best over-40 football player of all-time, but I'm throwing another candidate into the discussion: Warren Moon.

Unlike many NFL players at his age, Moon wasn't just an afterthought or novelty act when he reached his 40s. Quite the opposite, in fact.

Consider that in 1997, Moon at age 41 threw for 3,678 yards and 25 touchdowns for the Seattle Seahawks and was selected to his ninth and final Pro Bowl. A year earlier, Moon passed for 1,610 yards in eight games in his final season with Minnesota.

Blanda's best passing season after he turned 40 was 522 yards and six touchdowns in 1970. Yes, he got most of his work in as a kicker during his final years, but his percentage in a single season was never better than 69.7.

Plus are we really going to lump kickers in the argument for best all-time player over 40? In that case, Morten Andersen or Gary Anderson would be in the running. Heck, let's throw in punter Jeff Feagles, who last season was voted to the Pro Bowl at 42.

Even in 1998 his final season as a full-time starter, Moon had serviceable numbers while playing 10 games: 1,632 yards and 11 touchdowns. He played his final two seasons with Kansas City, serving as a backup to Pro Bowl starter Elvis Grbac.

By Gene Wang  |  July 20, 2009; 12:07 PM ET  | Category:  Gene Wang , NFL Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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