7 oldest NFL players to ever wear a Pittsburgh Steelers uniform
By Tommy Jaggi
5. Steelers K Norm Johnson
Age: 38 years, 6.9 months
Quarterbacks and punters aren’t the only positions that could last a lifetime in the NFL. A good kicker can stay in this business for a very long time. In the case of Norm Johnson, this was 18 years.
The same cannot be said for all kickers — even some of the greatest ones we have seen. While power, precision, and accuracy are essential to the position, kicking is such a mental game.
Former Indianapolis Colts All-Pro, Mike Vanderjagt, was once the most accurate kicker in the history of the NFL. In 2003, he made 37 of 37 field-goal attempts and knocked in all 46 of his point-after attempts. However, he hit a slump in just his 7th NFL season, and by his 9th (his final season in the NFL) he was converting just 72.2 percent of his kicks.
Norm Johnson was a long-time kicker for the Seahawks and Falcons before joining the Steelers at the age of 35. Despite his time already spent in the league, he gave Pittsburgh four more years of quality play before playing one final season for the Philadelphia Eagles at the age of 39 in 1999. Johnson finished his career with 366 field goals made and converted 99.1 percent of extra-point attempts in his career.