New Panthers QB: Vinny Testaverde.: The 1986 Heisman Trophy winner joins his seventh team. At 43, he will be the oldest QB currently playing, though not the oldest QB ever. That honor goes to the legendary George Blanda who played until he was 48.
posted by Joey Michaels to football at 01:52 AM - 34 comments
Argh! Until he was 48. Oh great and wise moderators, please correct this lowly one's typo.
posted by Joey Michaels at 01:55 AM on October 11
Joey, I'd be willing to bet the Panthers are actively praying that Vin the Chin doesn't become the oldest QB to play in the NFL this season. Pretty bad when you're pinning your hopes on David Carr, with Vinny second in command. He said, at the dawn of the Cleo Lemon Era in Miami.
posted by The_Black_Hand at 05:35 AM on October 11
At least we have that exciting Ted Ginn fella. Vinny has thrown at least one touchdown every year he's been in the league, which I understand is a record streak.
posted by Mr Bismarck at 05:54 AM on October 11
Ever notice how that the really great QB's retire from the game! It's seems that is getting harder to come by all the time. I doubt we see number 4 in Green Bay do this move. Look at Elway. Course Montanna didn't retire either when he should have. Oh heck let's bring Phill Simms out of the broadcast booth while we are at it. For some it's not about football anymore, it's about staving off that mid life crisis!
posted by robi8259 at 06:13 AM on October 11
Oh heck let's bring Phill Simms out of the broadcast booth while we are at it. Sure, why not? And then maybe Terry Bradshaw, Troy Aikman, Steve Young, Boomer Esiason & Ron Jaworski will consider having comeback tour as well. Whoo-Hoo!!! Bring 'em all back!!
posted by BornIcon at 06:28 AM on October 11
The Dolphins could bring Marino back and it'd probably be an upgrade on who we've had since he left.
posted by Mr Bismarck at 06:37 AM on October 11
Dummy me. How could I forget about Dan the Man? Let's bust out the Isotoners gloves.
posted by BornIcon at 06:46 AM on October 11
48. Wow. By 48 clemens would need hamstring replacements.
posted by justgary at 06:58 AM on October 11
I'm wishing the Chiefs would bring back Len Dawson myself. Can't be any worse.
posted by scottypup at 08:14 AM on October 11
Scotty, I'd take DeBerg in a heartbeat. What is he now, 50?
posted by hawkguy at 08:53 AM on October 11
Yeah, but all those other guys are good. Vinny? He stopped being good when I started noticing girls. Still, It's gotta be good to be Vinny.
posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 09:26 AM on October 11
Just imagine sitting on your couch drinking beer. "ring ring" "Yeah this is Vinny. Sure i'd love to come throw it around a little. Its been 21 years since i won the Heisman but what the hell" I just hope the human statue doesnt get killed back there. He isnt the most mobile QB out there anymore.
posted by Debo270 at 09:46 AM on October 11
See what fun it is being a Panthers fan?
posted by NoMich at 10:18 AM on October 11
I just hope the human statue doesnt get killed back there. He isnt the most mobile QB out there anymore. I thought it was Vinny that was coming back....not Drew Bledsoe. Sorry Drew but it's true.
posted by BornIcon at 10:22 AM on October 11
Bledsoe vs Vinny in a battle of immobility. Who would win that 40 yard dash???
posted by Debo270 at 10:42 AM on October 11
Dave Carr is hardly a jitterbug. The Panthers should sign Pat Ramsey too. Carr - Testaverde - Ramsey. I've seen glaciers move faster than that trio.
posted by Mr Bismarck at 10:52 AM on October 11
Vinny could be a workable band-aid solution into his seventies if he wanted. And I think girls are icky.
posted by chicobangs at 11:08 AM on October 11
Who would win that 40 yard dash??? That depends? By the time either one of them actually crosses the finish line, the grass will probably be waist deep so I guess it's who can high step the most.
posted by BornIcon at 11:14 AM on October 11
What happened to (Northwestern's own) Brett Basanez?
posted by ajaffe at 11:18 AM on October 11
You folks complaining about your QB's have obviously not seen a Chief's game this season. Damon Huard or Brodie Croyle? Kind of like picking your favorite Menendez brother.
posted by hawkguy at 11:20 AM on October 11
Am I the only one that when he hears Vinny Testaverde's names think of that natl. championship game against Penn St. throwing int. after int. after int. The int. is what's defined his career yet teams still sign him. What gives?
posted by Brahdakine at 11:50 AM on October 11
natl. championship game against Penn St. throwing int. after int. after int. The int. is what's defined his career When he played for Cleveland, we called him Vinny Interceptaverdi in Pittsburgh. He was always good for a couple picks a game against us.
posted by Debo270 at 11:55 AM on October 11
The Dolphins could bring Marino back and it'd probably be an upgrade on who we've had since he left. There, fixed that for you. Brahdakine: no, you're not the only one. Every UM fan thinks of that nat'l title game every time they hear his name. Normal NFL teams also think of his almost exactly 1:1 TD-interception ratio in the pros. Desperate NFL teams, on the other hand, look at his 45,000 yards, which aren't shabby (#6 all-time.)
posted by tieguy at 11:56 AM on October 11
Damon Huard or Brodie Croyle? I'll see your Huard-Croyle and raise you, Cleo Lemon and the frozen head of singer Beck, in a jar. Still. At least we should have a much higher draft pick with which to ignore a quarterback next year.
posted by Mr Bismarck at 12:12 PM on October 11
BI- it's interesting that you brought up Lady Liberty herself, Drew Bledsoe. One of the first things that occured to me when I heard Vinny was making his return to the NFL was that Bledsoe is still out there. All these teams (Miami, KC, Carolina, etc) who have such a quarterback dillemma, and nobody can coax Bledsoe out of retirement? Is anbody trying? He's only 35, still has a strong arm, and, if nothing else, seems to be a worthy mentor to a youngster (I assume Romo learned a thing or two from him). Even if you're going to stick with a Lemon or Croyle as a starter, there's got to be some value in keeping an experienced backup around as an insurance policy/teacher. Also, are any of these teams searching the arena league for the next Warner? At this point, I'd think there's a few teams with nothing to lose who have to do something to create some buzz.
posted by tahoemoj at 12:28 PM on October 11
I'll see your Huard-Croyle and raise you, Cleo Lemon and the frozen head of singer Beck, in a jar. That could be the funniest line I have read here for a very long time. Thanks for the comedic relief, Bismark. It is much needed as of late. Especially for a Chief's fan.
posted by hawkguy at 12:34 PM on October 11
I'll see your Huard-Croyle and raise you, Cleo Lemon and the frozen head of singer Beck, in a jar. Just you watch. Cleo Lemon is going to have a field day this coming Sunday against the Browns, mark my words. Ok, maybe I'm hoping he does since I just picked him up in my fantasy football since Matt Leinert got a boo-boo. One of the first things that occured to me when I heard Vinny was making his return to the NFL was that Bledsoe is still out there. Very true but I guess most teams rather have their QB stay upright thru-out the game. I would know since Drew's last gig was with my 'Boys.
posted by BornIcon at 12:44 PM on October 11
I think Vinny will play until he 49 or 50, if his body does not fall apart. Clemens is falling apart. He will probably next pitch from a wheelchair.
posted by SFValley_Dude at 01:17 PM on October 11
And Arizona just signed Tim Rattay.
posted by irunfromclones at 01:17 PM on October 11
I was surprised they signed him because I'd read that Doug Flutie was looking for work... I keed! I keed!
posted by Joey Michaels at 01:36 PM on October 11
Clemens is falling apart. He will probably next pitch from a wheelchair And the Yankees will pay him 20 million to do it
posted by Debo270 at 01:41 PM on October 11
The "X" factor you guys aren't considering when discussing which "fossil" to dig up out of retirememt is the fact that most of these guys were once high-priced starters with a number of years in the NFL under their belt. With that "experience" also brings a league minimum salary to the teams that choose to "unearth" all of that, er, talent. So, most teams (other than those totally desperate, ie. the Panthers) aren't willing to absorb the overinflated price tag on their salary cap.
posted by txruncoach at 05:02 PM on October 11
Cousin Vinny is back on the field, and old, gray-haired guys like me rejoice and find hope. Now maybe they can sign Doug Flutie as the kicker and backup for Vinny, and AARP can start an NFL chapter.
posted by Howard_T at 10:05 PM on October 11
That'll do, Vinnie. That'll do.
posted by Joey Michaels at 05:33 AM on October 15
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