Playing in the NFL alone is a huge success, but playing there for more than 20 seasons is something spectacular. That is proof of how great of a player you are, and how perseverance and hard work always pay off.
Having in mind that the average National Football League career is around four seasons, a player who played for more than ten seasons is normally considered an anomaly. Well, we are here to tell you that there are players with more than 20 seasons of experience. Nothing is impossible, and the list of names you are about to read proves it!
5. Jeff Feagles /22 seasons/
Jeffrey Haunt Feagles is the last name in our top five list, with his 22 seasons spent in the NFL. The former American punter entered the NFL in 1988 when the New England Patriots signed him. Before that, he had played for the University of Miami.
Even though Feagles announced his retirement in 2010, he is still one of the best punters in the history of the league, earning Pro Bowl selections in 1995 and 2008, and winning a Super Bowl ring playing with the Giants in Super Bowl XLII.
Jeffrey Haunt is best known for the fact that during his 22 season career he never missed a game, and for using the famous “coffin corner” punt. Before he retired, Feagles had also been the last active football player to appear in Tecmo Super Bowl- the NES classic video game.
4. John Carney /23 seasons/
John Carney and George Blanda are tied for the record of most decades played: 4. He also has something in common with Gary Anderson, for both of them, together with Jeff Wilkins and Jim Bakken hold the record for most games with six or more field goals in a career: 2.
Carney started his NFL career in 1987 when the Cincinnati Bengals signed him. However, he was surprisingly released before the regular season and had to spend the year out of playing. He did not give up, though, and between 1988 and 1989 played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He was part of many teams during his career- the Los Angeles Rams, Chargers, New Orleans Saints, Jacksonville Jaguars, Kansas City Chiefs, and the New York Giants.
Carney was a Pro Bowl selection twice, was named First-team and Second-team All-Pro, and was also a Super Bowl champion (XLIV). After his impressive 23 seasons, he is now continuing his football journey, running a pre-season kicking training camp called “The Launching Pad.”
3. Gary Anderson /23 seasons/
The former NFL placekicker is not only the first South African to play in an NFL regular-season game but also a two-time first-team All-Pro and four-time Pro Bowler. When it comes to records, Anderson had his fair share of them, during his two decades in the NFL. He held the record for most points in a season with no touchdowns scored, but David Akers broke it in 2011. Nowadays, Gary ranks third in scored points- 2.434, second in amount of games played- 353, and third in a number of field goals- 538.
In his 23 seasons, Gary played with six different teams, spending the majority of his seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers. However, when he played with the Vikings, Anderson became the first kicker in NFL history to successfully convert all field goals and points after touchdowns during regular season play.
2. Morten Andersen /25 seasons/
Morten Andersen, or the “Great Dane,” as he is also called, is just as great as Blanda. With his 382 games, the Danish-American football player is the all-time leader when it comes to games played in the NFL.
Before NFL, Anderson had played for Michigan State University, and in 1981, he was named an All-American. Later on, in 2011, he also entered the Michigan State University Athletics Hall of Fame.
His NFL career started in 1982 and on his first NFL kick-off, he twisted his ankle and had to miss the whole eight weeks of the season. That, however, did not stop him, and 25 seasons later, he is considered to be one of the best players in NFL history.
During his professional career, he played for many teams- the New Orleans Saints, Atlanta Falcons, New York Giants, Kansas City Chiefs, Minnesota Vikings, and Atlanta Falcons. It is only reasonable that a name
1. George Blanda /26 seasons/
George Frederick Blanda is the professional football player who holds the record for most seasons of professional football ever played. With his 26 seasons, he undoubtedly wrote history, and there isn't a player or a fan who hasn't heard his name.
Blanda played for both the AFL (American Football League) and NFL (National Football League). He retired in 1976 and with his 48 years, he was the oldest football player to ever play at the NFL. Of course, at the time of his retirement, he had scored more points than any other player.
During his career, he played for three different teams – the Chicago Bears, Houston Oilers, and Oakland Raiders. The American football quarterback and placekicker had numerous awards and honors, such as 1961 AFL Most Valuable Player, 1970 Associated Press Athlete of the Year, and 1974 NFL Man of the Year.
The achievements of George Blanda deserve nothing but respect for he is also the first player to score over 2,000 points; he held the record for most pass attempts for one game- 68 and is still holding the record for most interceptions thrown in a single season- 42. Unfortunately, Blanda is not among us anymore, but he continues to inspire people, proving everything is possible.