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Aging gracefully: Other college football players of a certain age

by John Helsley Modified: October 13, 2010 at 8:31 pm •  Published: October 13, 2010

Aging gracefully

Brandon Weeden isn't the oldest guy to play college football.

*Tom Thompson was a kicker last season at age 61 for Austin College.

*Edgard Barreto played for Ashland (Ohio) University when he was 60 in 1997.

*Alan Moore, 60, is currently a kicker for Holmes Community College (Miss.).

*Mike Flynt, then 59, played for Division III Sul Ross State (Texas) a couple years ago.

*Brigham Young University regularly features several players in their late 20s, a reflection of their Mormon beliefs that involve serving missions.

And there have been several players like Weeden, who tried professional baseball first, before turning to school and football.

The Cowboys have experienced a love/hate relationship with baseball. Weeden and Vernand Morency made the switch to the diamond successfully. Linebacker Tyler Johnson is currently making the transition.

But in a reverse move, quarterback Josh Fields left OSU with a year of eligibility remaining to go play baseball. And Matt Holliday, who had signed to play quarterback for the Cowboys, never made it to campus because baseball got him first.

Other examples:

Dave Shinskie. One year younger than Weeden, Shinskie, 26, played minor league ball with the Twins and Blue Jays, before joining Boston College a year ago. Now he's the starting quarterback.

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