Questions about Brandon Weeden's age are getting old

By John Helsley, Staff Writer, jhelsley@opubco.com Modified: November 15, 2011 at 10:45 am •  Published: November 14, 2011
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STILLWATER – Not much seems to bother Brandon Weeden.

Not bull-rushing defensive ends. Not safeties blazing his way on a blitz.

Weeden's cool comfort is well documented, both on the field and off.

And yet there is just one button-pushing item that draws his ire – the topic of age, more specifically Weeden's age, 28. The topic arose again Monday, along with Weeden's new prominent place in the Heisman race.

Veteran USA Today college football writer Steve Wieberg dropped in to chat up the nation's No. 2 team, as well as its typically calm leader. Eventually the conversation shifted to Weeden's age and to comparisons to 2000 Heisman Trophy winner Chris Weinke, who took a similar baseball-back-to-football path and was an older quarterback.

Never one of Weeden's favorite talking points, the age discussion tested his patience quickly and returned a response when Wieberg pressed the issue.

“I'm so sick of talking about it,” Weeden said. “I know Aaron Rodgers is (younger) than I am. I've heard it 500 times.”

The age questions began a year ago and just keep coming, with every out-of-town reporter figuring he's stumbled on a fresh discussion and others firing away from all angles.

“It's everywhere,” Weeden said. “People who post on my Twitter. It's people I normally don't talk to, that's the first question they ask.”

And then there's those who wonder if Weeden's age shouldn't be a disqualifier to his Heisman candidacy.

“I would say (something), but there would be some expletives,” Weeden said. “It's B.S. On the ballot, there's not an age requirement. It's stupid. I'm sick of hearing about it. People need to find some new material. It's getting old real quick.”

Weeden, of course, is right. There are no age limitations on playing or awards voting, Heisman or otherwise, just as there are no rules against hitting older quarterbacks.

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