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Packers Are Sixth-Youngest Team in the NFL

During the Green Bay Packers' annual meeting in late July, general manager Ted Thompson told the team's shareholders, “Our team is maturing. We won’t be the youngest team in the league this year for the first time in a while.”

While Thompson was right that the Packers aren't the youngest team in the NFL, they continue a trend of being among of the youngest teams in the league in the Thompson and Mike McCarthy era.

The Packers are the sixth-youngest team in the NFL this season, according to STATS LLC, based upon the average age of the players currently on the active roster.

As of Sept. 5, the average age of the Packers is 26 years and 73 days.

For comparison's sake, the youngest team in the NFL is the St. Louis Rams with an average age of 25 years and 300 days. while the division-rival Detroit Lions are the oldest team in the NFL with an average age of 27 years and 326 days.

This is the seventh-consecutive year that the Packers have been one of the six youngest teams in the NFL (depending upon when the measurement was taken), a streak dating back to 2006, McCarthy's first year as head coach and Thompson's second as general manager.

For four straight seasons from 2006 to 2009, the Packers were the youngest team in the NFL.

The following is the complete list of the average age of every team in the NFL in 2012:

Team Years Days Players
1. Detroit Lions 27 326 53
2. San Diego Chargers 27 292 52
3. Atlanta Falcons 27 183 53
4. Arizona Cardinals 27 141 53
5. San Francisco 49ers 27 121 53
6. Buffalo Bills 27 81 53
7. Chicago Bears 27 67 53
8. Pittsburgh Steelers 27 61 53
9. Baltimore Ravens 27 23 53
10. Oakland Raiders 27 7 53
11. Denver Broncos 26 355 53
12. Washington Redskins 26 333 53
13. New York Giants 26 327 53
14. Houston Texans 26 327 53
15. New Orleans Saints 26 308 53
16. New York Jets 26 248 52
17. Carolina Panthers 26 203 53
18. Jacksonville Jaguars 26 196 54
19. Dallas Cowboys 26 154 53
20. Tennessee Titans 26 145 53
21. Indianapolis Colts 26 138 53
22. Cincinnati Bengals 26 120 53
23. Kansas City Chiefs 26 115 53
24. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 26 100 53
25. New England Patriots 26 88 53
26. Seattle Seahawks 26 78 53
27. Green Bay Packers 26 73 53
28. Minnesota Vikings 26 54 53
29. Miami Dolphins 26 47 52
30. Philadelphia Eagles 26 19 53
31. Cleveland Browns 26 8 53
32. St. Louis Rams 25 300 53



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ohenry78's picture

I think the most surprising team on there for me was the Lions. When they come to mind, I think youth movement. Thinking about it now, they do have quite a few veteran players and such, but I still wouldn't have guessed that they were the oldest team.

FITZCORE 1252'S EVO's picture

Was thinking the same thing.

wgbeethree's picture

The Lions punter and kicker are a combined 80 years old. Those two positions have a HUGE effect on average age. For example if the Vikings keep Longwell (38) instead of Walsh (22) they go from 4th "youngest" to 14th if my math is correct. This is one of the least meaningful articles that comes out every year in my opinion.

woodson4president's picture

Thought the steelers n ravens were like 100 yrs older haha

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