Most Followed Players: Miami Dolphins

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Playing out of Hard Rock Stadium, the Miami Dolphins take the field in a competitive division, the AFC East, where they square up against the Buffalo Bills, New England Patriots, and New York Jets. While there’s plenty of competition between players in skill positions, the entire team – offense, defense, and special teams – also competes on a more digital playing ground: social media.

Who are the most followed ’Phins players on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter? And does the top position in football – the quarterback – draw the most attention? Does social media allow some defensive players to step out of the shadows of the offense and get the attention they deserve? Continue reading to see which Miami Dolphins command the most attention on social media.

South Florida Kings

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No quarterback, either the injured Ryan Tannehill or recently un-retired Jay Cutler, topped the five most followed Miami Dolphins. Instead, two-time Pro Bowler wide receiver Jarvis Landry garnered the largest online following among his peers. He’s helped his cause with over 1.1 million followers on Instagram alone – greater than the combined followings of each of the other Dolphin players. While he posts plenty of pictures in uniform, Landry also uses his presence on Instagram to share his philanthropic work as well.

Move over wide receivers, Ndamukong Suh is looking for some love too! Averaging almost seven sacks per season, Suh leads the team with the largest following on Twitter. In addition to sharing pictures and participating in #TBT (Throwback Thursday), the defensive tackle has used his following to crowdsource a game score after getting more popcorn presumably during a film. Who needs the ESPN app when you have hundreds of thousands of followers?

No. 3 is Lawrence Timmons, linebacker for the Miami-based squad. His more than 100,000 followers on Instagram are usually treated to vacation photos! Who doesn’t want to see where players go to get away – it may be an inspiration to high school or college players looking to make it to the NFL.

Trailing behind Timmons to round out the top five are wide receiver Kenny Stills and tight end Julius Thomas. Stills, a former New Orleans Saint, has the biggest individual following on Facebook but loves sharing constant updates with his fanbase on Twitter. It’s here Stills shows his love for the HBO series “Game of Thrones” by retweeting several humorous tweets, in addition to showing support for fellow players who took a knee during the national anthem before kickoff.

Pride of Miami

Whether they have the largest following on any given social media platform or a combined following in the millions, all of these players still have to suit up and play as a team – especially as they look forward to playing the reigning Super Bowl Champions, the New England Patriots, twice this year (like every year). Support your Miami Dolphins with the best officially licensed NFL merchandise and apparel, available right now at Fanatics.com.

Methodology

For this project, we scraped the social metrics from each player’s respective Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts. All measures (likes and followers) were collected and verified on Sept. 6, 2017.

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Oldest Soccer Players in Serie A

Professional football in Italy has been around for more than a century. The first league, the Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio (FIGC, or Italian Football Federation), was a regional group that got its start in 1898. As more and more teams joined, there was a split that led to the formation of Confederazione Calcistica Italiana (CCI). Eventually, both groups rejoined and developed Serie A in 1929.

There are currently 20 teams in Serie A that are located throughout Italy. While there are plenty of young players to go around, there are also quite a few players who have reached or are close to 40 years of age. Let’s take a look to see who are – and who have been – the oldest players in Serie A.

Italy’s Oldest Players

We looked through the current rosters of Serie A teams to suss the oldest players in the league. Goalkeeper Marco Storari, age 40, is the oldest current player. He plays for AC Milan after being loaned out from Cagliari early in 2017. This isn’t his first gig with Milan, either – he made 13 appearances for the club before moving to Juventus in 2010, later joining Cagliari in 2015.

The second oldest Serie A player is Albano Bizzarri. Bizzarri is also a veteran goalkeeper. He was signed by Udinese early 2017, but has spent time on several squads, including Real Madrid, Lazio, and Genoa.

The third oldest Serie A player is another keeper, Bogdan Lobonț, who joined Roma in 2009. Lobonț, 39, has spent time playing for a few football clubs, including the Dutch team Ajax. The fourth oldest player is Gianluigi Buffon, a 39-year-old goalkeeper (and captain) for Juventus. Buffon, who retired from international play after Italy failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, joined Juventus in 2001 and has been a mainstay of the squad since.

The fifth oldest player is Ferdinando Coppola, another Serie A goalkeeper for the Verona team. He joined Verona in 2015 as a free agent. While these are the oldest current players, which Serie A players have been the oldest ever to take the field for a Serie A team?

The Oldest to Ever Take the Field

Looking back over Serie A’s long history, we checked out which players were the oldest to ever take the field for one of their teams. Marco Ballotta comes in as the furthest aged. He began playing professionally in the early ’80s, and he was 44 years, 1 month, and 8 days old at the time of the specific 2008 match between his Lazio and Genoa. Lazio won the game 2 to 0.

The second oldest ever to play a Serie A game was Francesco Antonioli. He was 42 years, 7 months, and 22 days old during the match in question between his Cesena squad and Novara Calcio in 2012. Cesena ultimately lost 3 to 0.

The third oldest Serie A player to take the field was Alberto Fontana. He was 41 years, 9 months, and 23 days old when his Palermo squad met Inter Milan in 2008. Palermo was defeated 0 to 2.

Standing the Test of Time

While the oldest of the Serie A players are in their late 30s (and one is 40), many of the oldest players from each team aren’t too far into their 30s. Benevento’s oldest player, for example, is only 31 – Andrea Costa has been playing football for over a decade, but he’s still on the youthful side when considering the league’s “oldest” players. Boukary Dramé is another young oldster – the Atalanta player is only 32 years old.

Others are definitely in their upper 30s, though. In addition to the top five oldest Serie A players, there are plenty that are 35 years of age or older, including Christian Maggio (35, Napoli), Nicolas Burdisso (36, Torino), Andrea Cossu (37, Cagliari), and Stefano Sorrentino (38, Chievo).

Conclusion

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Most Followed Players: Oakland Raiders

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With their recent turnaround, the Oakland Raiders have established themselves as one of the hottest franchises in the National Football League. Thanks to head coach Jack Del Rio and rising star quarterback Derek Carr, the Raiders made their first playoff appearance since 2002 last season, finishing with a 12-4 record.

While they’re set to leave Oakland soon, the Raiders faithful in Northern California are diehard fans who will likely follow their beloved franchise into the deserts of Nevada and the city of sin, Las Vegas, as early as 2019. They also stay up to date on the personal lives of their team’s superstars through Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

We took a look at which players have the most followers, and what types of content they’re posting on social media when they’re not making Oakland proud on the field.

Digital Raider Nation

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He wasn’t a member of the Oakland Raiders, or even playing in the NFL last season, but you can’t deny the popularity of Marshawn Lynch. The bruising running back notably denied the chance by Pete Carroll to run in a likely touchdown in the 2014 Super Bowl, maximized his celebrity off and online. Just as he’s accumulated yards with ease on the field, he’s accumulated fans off the field, with over 3.7 million total followers on the networks we examined.

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Playing second fiddle to Lynch is the man under center, quarterback Derek Carr. With a combined 1.2 million followers across Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, Carr has fewer combined followers than Lynch on Instagram or Facebook individually. This doesn’t discourage Carr from giving you a look behind the scenes – or sharing his love for the U.S. men’s national soccer team.

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With just slightly more than half the followers of his delivery mechanism, wide receiver Amari Cooper comes in fourth among the most followed Raiders. The fourth overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, Cooper immediately turned his college success at Alabama into professional accolades. He’s made the Pro Bowl twice in his first two seasons and would hope to be there for a third consecutive year. While Cooper’s Instagram account features many of his impressive grabs, plucking footballs out of the air with ease, he also used it to share his summer reading list.

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Wide receiver Michael Crabtree and Linebacker Bruce Irvin round out the top 5 most followed Oakland Raiders on social media. While Crabtree comes in third overall, he ranks behind his quarterback in Instagram and Facebook followers. In fact, he has zero posts on Instagram, despite having over 370,000 followers awaiting his first upload. As far as Irvin’s Instagram account is concerned, shouldn’t he have more followers considering he posts photos of his dog?

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Social Black & Silver

You may not have anywhere near the number of followers of Crabtree and Irvin, and couldn’t even dream of touching Lynch’s totals, but that doesn’t mean you can’t play the part. Outfit yourself with officially licensed NFL and Oakland Raiders merchandise and apparel at Fanatics.com.

Methodology

For this project, we scraped the social metrics from each player’s respective Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts. All measures (likes and followers) were collected and verified on Sept. 6, 2017.

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Premier League Summer Transfer Analysis

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In the Premier League – where one of 20 teams can win the title – any extra edge may mean the difference between finishing in first or second place. That’s why these clubs spent in excess of $1.8 billion during the most recent transfer window, a period when clubs are allowed to sell and register new players. It’s also a time for fans to celebrate or bemoan their club’s ambition, or lack thereof, in acquiring that special playmaker who will help them win the league.

We took a look to see which clubs sent the most players on to new clubs, who spent the most in total, and which players commanded the highest price tag. Read on to learn where all the players went in the Premier League during the 2017 summer transfer window.

More Arrivals and Departures Than Heathrow Airport

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No club saw more arrivals or departures than London-based club Chelsea. The largest void to fill for the Blues was none other than defender John Terry, known to supporters as “Captain, Leader, Legend,” who saw an opportunity to continue playing regularly at championship-side Aston Villa. Chelsea looked to Serie A and A.S. Roma for a replacement in German international Antonio Rüdiger.

Manchester City also made several moves in the summer of 2017, their second season helmed by famed manager Pep Guardiola. The club invested heavily in defense, acquiring Benjamin Mendy from French-side Monaco, Danilo from La Liga winners Real Madrid, and Kyle Walker from the Premier League runners-up in 2016, Tottenham Hotspur. City also went into the market for a new goalkeeper, Ederson, who joined from Benfica.

A surprise mover in the market was Everton, who put the funds from the sale of their Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United into acquiring several other players. They rescued goalkeeper Jordan Pickford from Sunderland’s trip down to the championship, brought in Gylfi Sigurdsson from Swansea, and shored up their defense by adding in Michael Keane from Burnley.

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Balancing the Books

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Manchester United spent the most – while recording the least amount of profit from player sales – across the entire Premier League. They spent close to $200 million while only generating less than $10 million from outgoing player sales. United added several players to tighten up the defense, paying large fees for the talents of both Nemanja Matic from Chelsea and Victor Lindelof from Benfica.

Arsenal, frequently thought of as a top club in England, actually spent less than they took in from player sales in the summer transfer window. An example of their shrewd tactics saw the Gunners secure the talents of defender Sead Kolasinac from German-side FC Schalke 04 on a free transfer while selling Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to Liverpool for almost $45 million.

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AFC Bournemouth, known as the Cherries, spent over $40 million as they look to continue their tenure in the Premier League. This large outlay was used to sign two squad players from the 2016 Premier League Champions, Chelsea: defender Nathan Aké and goalkeeper Asmir Begović.

Money Value

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Manchester United didn’t spend the most overall, but they did spend the most on average per player. Spending close to $200 million on new signings, the average cost per player was over $22 million. Compare this to Chelsea, spending just under $240 million but acquiring over 30 players during this window. At an average of less than $8 million per player, the Blues may feel they achieved a better value than their Northern neighbors.

However, most fans won’t be celebrating the average fee per player at the end of the season – they’ll only point to it if they fail to qualify for a top-four spot and Champions League football.

Striking Gold

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Out of the five most expensive players based on transfer fees during the 2017 window, three were center forwards or strikers. Manchester United paid about $100 million to Everton to sign Romelu Lukaku. The Belgian striker, formerly an Everton player, looked to be the missing piece for José Mourinho’s United, especially with their Swedish starlet Zlatan Ibrahimović out injured.

Chelsea also prioritized the signing of a striker, opting to secure the talents of Spanish international Álvaro Morata. Morata is frequently featured as a substitute for Real Madrid and has now earned the opportunity to be the No. 1 option for a top club. The Champions needed a man of his talents after a falling out with their previous talisman, Diego Costa.

Six #PL appearances, six #PL goals. Fair to say Alvaro Morata has hit the ground running at Chelsea…

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Manchester City bucked the trend with the third and fifth most expensive players, as they too featured in defense and not attack. Benjamin Mendy and Kyle Walker joined an already potent City, whom both just needed to find a way to stop leaking goals. These gentlemen are expensive plugs, but if they win the 2017-2018 title, fans will commend the investment.

Window Shut, Now Play On

No more transfer action can happen until January 2018, when the winter transfer window opens. Until then, whether your club spent a little or a lot, the roster is set for the long campaign ahead of each side. If their aim is just staying up and avoiding relegation, or winning the league at all costs, be sure to look the part of a true supporter – get the latest officially licensed merchandise and apparel for every Premier League team at Fanatics.

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Oklahoma Sooners in the NFL

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The University of Oklahoma got its start in 1892 in Norman, Oklahoma, and its football program started soon after (1895). The Sooner football program has led to the most wins nationwide in the modern era (1946 and later), seven national championships, 46 conference titles (tied for first in the country), a 47-game winning streak in the ’50s (an NCAA record), and the most points scored in the country (also a first place spot).

So it’s no surprise the Sooners show up in the NFL fairly often. They’ve contributed over 370 draft picks, including three No. 1 overall picks (Sam Bradford, Billy Sims, and Lee Roy Selmon), 59 Sooners who have appeared in the Big Game, 81 who have been elected to the Pro Bowl – and with that kind of output, it’s not too far of a stretch to imagine that in the future, more Sooners may make an impact in the NFL.

Let’s take a look at the former Oklahoma Sooners players who are currently in the NFL.

From Oklahoma to the NFL

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There are 33 former Oklahoma Sooners in the NFL, and all but two are active. At the top, the Washington Redskins have four former Sooners on their roster: Trent Williams, Tress Way, Samaje Perine, and Stacy McGee. The Dolphins have three: Damien Williams, Kenny Stills, and Jordan Phillips.

Several teams have two former Oklahoma players: the Bengals, for example, with Joe Mixon and Jordan Evans; the Cowboys with Charles Tapper and James Hanna; the Broncos with Donald Stephenson and Corey Nelson; the Vikings with Sam Bradford and Bell Blake; the Buccaneers with Gerald McCoy and Devante Bond; and the Cardinals with Jermaine Gresham and now, Adrian Peterson.

Plenty of teams have one former Oklahoma player on their team as well, such as Tony Jefferson on the Baltimore Ravens squad, Aaron Ripkowski with the Green Bay Packers, Sterling Shepard with the New York Giants, and James Winchester with the Kansas City Chiefs.

One of the most well-known Sooners on this list is Sam Bradford. Bradford was a standout quarterback at Oklahoma, as he was a prolific passer from the start, tossing 363 yards and three touchdowns in his first game (and broke a school record for most yards in a half while he was at it). Bradford went on to win the Heisman Trophy his sophomore year after amassing 4,720 yards and 50 touchdowns in 2008. He ultimately went No. 1 overall in the 2010 draft, and while injuries have plagued his professional career, he has thrown over 3,000 yards four times and earned the Rookie of the Year award his first season.

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His former teammate, DeMarco Murray, is also a pretty well-known former Sooner. He too made a big splash in his collegiate debut alongside Bradford and was drafted by Dallas in the third round of the 2011 draft. Murray spent his first four seasons with the Cowboys and earned the rushing title in 2014 with 1,845 rushing yards. After spending one season in Philadelphia, he’s pounding the rock for his second season in Tennessee. He’s been selected to two Pro Bowls so far.

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Adrian Peterson played for Oklahoma before Bradford and Murray did, but he’s also one of the best known former Sooners currently playing in the NFL. Peterson was drafted No. 7 overall by Minnesota in 2007 and spent a solid decade running the ball there (and nabbed the rushing title three times – once for over 2,000 yards). He was the league MVP in 2012 and has been selected to seven Pro Bowls. Peterson currently plays in the backfield for the Arizona Cardinals.

Debut in the Desert.

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Boomer Sooner

It’s always a blast watching young players develop during their college years, and it’s definitely exciting to see who drafts them when draft day rolls around each year. If you’ve been following the likes of Sam Bradford and Adrian Peterson since those early days, or you’re watching and waiting for the current crop of Oklahoma players to develop and find their way into the NFL, you’re in luck – Fanatics has a huge selection of collegiate swag as well as a ton of authentic NFL gear, so be sure to hook yourself up before heading to the stadium.

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Oldest Soccer Players in MLS

Major League Soccer is a relatively new organization in the U.S., particularly when looking at other professional sports. The U.S. was awarded the privilege of hosting the 1994 FIFA World Cup, which was a great honor – however, it came with the condition that the country establish a premier division one professional soccer league. For soccer fans everywhere, this fortunately came to fruition, and the inaugural MLS season took place in 1996 with 10 clubs.

Since that first season, MLS has expanded to 22 clubs and interest in the sport is growing nationwide. While soccer isn’t supposed to be a contact sport, there are still plenty of opportunities for players to come into unhappy contact with one another, which can potentially shorten a career. However, there are plenty of MLS players who play well into their fourth decade. Let’s look through the rosters of all MLS clubs to see which players are the oldest of the “old.”

The Vets

Tim Howard is the oldest MLS player at age 38, and while the amazing goalkeeper now plays for the Colorado Rapids, this American player wasn’t always part of the MLS. While he did get his start in the MLS for the MetroStars (now the New York Red Bulls) in 1998 at the tender age of 18, Howard was soon snatched up by Manchester United, and after three years there, played for Everton for 10 seasons. He returned to the MLS prior to the 2016 season and has spent the last two years in Colorado.

The second oldest MLS player is Nick Rimando, also 38, who plays for Real Salt Lake. He’s spent his entire career in the MLS and is one of the most prolific goalkeepers in the game today, with 1,527 career saves — so far.

The third oldest MLS player, Vicente Sánchez, is a 37-year-old native of Uruguay, who is a forward for the Houston Dynamo. He’s also played for nine clubs outside of the MLS during his 17-year career, including Uruguay, Mexico, and Germany. As part of the MLS, he also played a few seasons for the Colorado Rapids.

Javier Morales (of FC Dallas) is also 37 years old and comes in at No. 4. And Ashley Cole of the Los Angeles Galaxy is his club’s oldest player (at 36 years old) and the fifth oldest overall, and while his professional career started in England and he played there for over a decade (it’s also where he gathered tons of accolades, including appearing in three World Cups as part of the English national team), he’s shown great effort for his MLS team.

All-Star Golden Oldies

For the 2017 season, we looked at the oldest players on the full roster of the Aug. 2 All-Star Game that took place in Chicago. The All-Star roster represented 13 MLS teams with players from 13 different countries, and among those selected, there were 16 veterans and eight newcomers.

The oldest players selected were Tim Howard (38), David Villa (35), and Kaká (35). Howard, who plays for the Colorado Rapids, earned his fourth selection to an MLS All-Star roster, and his goalkeeping skills (including a 63.9 save percentage prior to the ASG) have kept him very much in demand despite his “advanced” age. Villa, from New York City FC, was selected to his third All-Star Game after he scored 12 goals last season and earned MLS MVP honors. Kaká has plenty of accomplishments himself, including a FIFA World Player of the Year designation and has been part of the Brazilian World Cup roster several times. He now plays for Orlando City.

While the game was ultimately decided in Real Madrid’s favor via penalty kicks, it was still an exciting game for the packed house at Soldier Field.

Oldest “Vets” Per Team

Marcelo Sarvas, also 36, is the oldest MLS player for D.C. United. The midfielder’s professional career began in Brazil (his home country) and he has spent time playing for a ton of international teams, such as the Swedish club Mjallby AIF and KSP Warszawa in Poland. While in the MLS, Sarvas has won the MLS Cup twice (2012 and 2014, both with L.A. Galaxy).

David Villa, 35, is the all-time leading goalscorer in Spanish national team history, and brought his soccer prowess to the New York City FC in 2015. He was actually the first player signed by the expansion team and scored 18, 23, and 22 goals each of the three seasons he’s been with the club.

Other “oldest” MLS players aren’t quite as old, but still make the top spot when compared to their teammates. Consider Ibson Barreto da Silva (34, Minnesota United FC), Lawrence Olum (33, Portland Timbers), Federico Higuaín (33, Columbus Crew FC), and Benny Feilhaber (32, Sporting Kansas City). The youngest “oldest” player is Jonathan Spector, who at 31 plays for the Orlando City SC.

Get Your MLS Gear

No matter if you’re a fan of the oldest veteran MLS players or just love to rep your local team, Fanatics.com has an amazing selection of the best MLS gear around. From hats to jerseys to stuff for your sister’s baby, you will definitely not be disappointed.

Top 5 oldest players in MLS

  1. Tim Howard
  2. Nick Rimando
  3. Vicente Sánchez
  4. Javier Morales
  5. Ashley Cole

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Iowa Hawkeyes in the NFL

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The University of Iowa was established in 1847 as the State University of Iowa, and the athletics department has been part of the Big Ten Conference since 1899. While the university is well-known for its wrestling prowess (they’ve brought home 23 national championships), it has an impressive football program as well, winning 11 Big Ten championships and seeing plenty of play in bowl games, including a 2010 Orange Bowl victory.

Iowa produced Heisman Trophy winner Nile Kinnick in 1939. Although his time on Earth was short (he died during a WWII training mission just a few years later in 1943), Kinnick lives on in many ways. The stadium the team plays in is named after him, his face appears on the coin used in every Big Ten coin toss, and there is a statue of him outside Kinnick Stadium.

Former Hawkeyes that have made it to the NFL include Dallas Clark (long-time tight end for the Championship Indianapolis Colts) and second overall pick in the 2004 draft, Robert Gallery. Iowa has also produced Pro Football Hall of Famers, including Emlen Tunnell, Paul Krause, and Andre Tippett.

There are 25 current Hawkeyes in the NFL. Let’s check them out.

Go Hawkeyes

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There are 25 NFL players who played college ball at Iowa. C.J. Beathard, for example, has taken over the reins in San Francisco as he prepares to make his first NFL start. Beathard is the grandson of former general manager Bobby Beathard. Bobby had a lot of success working with two NFL Teams – the San Diego Chargers and Washington Redskins – earning four Big Game appearances (including two wins). While C.J. is just seeing his career launch, we’ll have to watch to see where this former Hawkeye’s path goes in the NFL.

Rookie mini camp in the books! So blessed to be apart of such a great organization! #niners

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Let’s not forget Bryan Bulaga, the formidable offensive lineman who blocks for the Green Bay Packers. Bulaga has been a member of the Packers since he was drafted No. 23 overall in 2010 and was part of the squad that won it all his rookie season.

Micah Hyde is another standout player. This former Hawkeye was also drafted by the Packers, albeit in 2013, and continues to cover receivers for the Buffalo Bills after the team signed him as a free agent in 2017. Now in his fifth season, Hyde has 12 interceptions (so far) and four sacks.

Victory Friday 👏🏽🧀

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Another former Hawkeye drafted by the Packers is Mike Daniels, who joined the team in 2012.  Now in his sixth season, Daniels has racked up 23.5 career sacks and 125 tackles.

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Moving to the Big Time

The 2017 season brought a much longed-for change: The university’s beloved Tiger Hawk emblem finally adorns the field at Kinnick Stadium. If you’re heading to the stadium to watch your Hawkeyes take on their rivals, or you’ve been following former players through the NFL, Fanatics has all your gear needs covered, from jerseys to hoodies to hats.

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Oldest Players in the Premier League

The English Premier League contains a clash of young, naturally talented, and seasoned veterans. Eventually, there reaches a point when players are too old to keep up with the physically taxing sport, but many fight off their retirement with football savvy.  

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This experience coupled with exceptional endurance makes some players’ careers survive well into their 30s and 40s on occasion. Let’s take a moment to appreciate the oldest players in the Premier League now and over time.

Kickin’ It Well Into Their 30s

Julián Speroni will forever hold a special place in Crystal Palace fans’ hearts, as he played an integral role in aiding the team’s ascent to the Premier League. Although he has largely been fazed out of playing time, the Argentinian has racked up four Player of the Year awards.

October 15 may not be a memorable date for all Premier League viewers, but Crystal Palace fans should recall their match versus Chelsea. Speroni, the longtime fan favorite goalkeeper, found himself making his first appearance of the season, in place of the injured Wayne Hennessey. Speroni’s appearance was not merely significant due to his age – it also resulted in a 2-1 victory.

Gareth McAuley is currently the second oldest player in the league. The Northern Irishman missed time at the beginning of the 2017 season due to a thigh injury, but McAuley has since managed to return to action.

The third oldest player is another goalkeeper: Huddersfield Town’s Rob Green. Green is a seasoned veteran with over 260 career Premier League appearances, and was a new addition to Huddersfield in August 2017.

Next on the list is Artur Boruc, who has shined across a handful of European countries. His career began as a standout goalkeeper in Poland, but he later moved on to Celtic FC and won three championships with the club. Boruc then transitioned to Serie A, playing for Fiorentina for a couple of seasons. The keeper’s Premier League career began once he was picked up by Southampton and later made his way to his current squad, AFC Bournemouth. Similar to Speroni’s impact on Crystal Palace, Boruc helped Bournemouth debut in the Premier League for the first time in the club’s history.

Bruno, the 37-year-old Catalan right-back, rounds out the top five oldest Premier League players. The Spaniard’s run of 74 consecutive league starts may have come to an end in 2017, but he helped the Seagulls secure their Premier League debut.

Put Me In, Coach

While remaining on a Premier League squad into one’s late 30s is quite an accomplishment, it’s even more impressive to make an in-game appearance.

Goalkeeper John Burridge is the only 43-year-old to ever appear in a Premier League match, but his Manchester City squad suffered a defeat to Queens Park Rangers.

The second and third oldest player appearances belong to a pair of 42-year-olds: Alec Chamberlain and Steve Ogrizovic. Chamberlain and Ogrizovic are both goalkeepers as well and led their squads to a draw and victory in their respective matches.

The Oldest Pros in the League

While the top end of this list may look familiar to the first graphic, there are some additional notable names.

Arsenal’s goalkeeper Petr Čech stands out among the list. Čech’s storied Premier League career includes a Golden Glove award and his place as the all-time clean sheet leader in league history. While Čech may not be in prime form, he remains the starting keeper for Arsenal, which is a feat in itself.

The youngest oldest player is Liverpool’s Ragnar Klavan. Klavan does not have nearly the resume that Čech does, but he did garner widespread coverage not too long ago. He did so by displaying some unique skill in Liverpool’s victory over Huddersfield:

Represent Your Favorite Veteran

Regardless of which club you support, it’s impossible to ignore these athletes’ world-class endurance and skill. If these players can keep on trotting onto the pitch, you should continue to support them by wearing their official gear, available at Fanatics.com

Top 5 oldest players in the Premier League

  1. Julián Speroni
  2. Gareth McAuley
  3. Rob Green
  4. Artur Boruc
  5. Bruno Saltor Grau

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Nebraska Huskers in the NFL

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The University of Nebraska was founded in 1869, less than two years after Nebraska was granted statehood. While their football program also got its start in the 19th century (the first game was held in late November of 1890), the university didn’t have a football coach until three years later. It took a while for the school to settle on a team name, but fortunately the sports editor of the “Nebraska State Journal,” Charles “Cy” Sherman, called them the Cornhuskers in 1900, and the rest, as they say, is history.

Since those early days, Nebraska’s football teams and their players have brought home a number of impressive awards, including five national titles, three Heisman Trophies (Johnny Rodgers, 1972; Mike Rozier, 1983; and Eric Crouch, 2001), and a slew of other awards throughout their impressive history. Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh is one such player – he  received the Outland, Lombardi, Bronko Nagurski, and Chuck Bednarik awards, and was also named the AP College Player of the Year in 2009.

Unsurprisingly, there have been many former Huskers drafted into the NFL (or signed as an undrafted free agent), including Link Lyman, Guy Chamberlin, Boomer Brown, Will Shields, and Mick Tingelhoff – all Pro Football Hall of Fame inductees. Let’s take a look to see which former Nebraska football players are currently playing in the NFL.

Cornhuskers in the Game

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There are 26 former Huskers in the NFL today. As we glance over the current players list, one of the biggest names that stands out is Ndamukong Suh, the former Nebraska superstar who continued a high level of play in the pros. Suh has been elected to five Pro Bowls over his career, which got its start in 2010 when he was drafted No. 2 overall by the Detroit Lions (he currently plays for the Miami Dolphins). He’s also been selected to the First-Team All-Pro three times and has been a sack machine over his seven-plus years of professional play (he has 49 sacks and counting).  

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Another player to mention is Prince Amukamara, who earned the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year in 2010 while at Nebraska and is a one-time All-American. He was drafted in 2011, 19th overall, by the New York Giants, and was part of a championship winning team his rookie year. Amukamara currently plays for the Chicago Bears.

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Richie Incognito is another former Husker currently playing in the NFL. Incognito entered the NFL in the third round of the 2005 draft for the St. Louis Rams after a great Nebraska college career, and has been selected to three Pro Bowls during his time in the NFL. Incognito currently plays for the Buffalo Bills.

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Go Big Red

If you’ve been following the Huskers for decades, or you’re a newer fan of this brand of college ball, make sure you’re properly suited up for a visit to Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska, by visiting Fanatics. You’ll find loads of authentic Nebraska gear, including shirts, hoodies, and hats.

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Oldest Soccer Players in La Liga

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The Primera División, also known as La Liga, is the top professional football division in Spain. It got its start in 1928 and has become one of the most popular leagues around the globe. Additionally, this is where many international soccer superstars call home, such as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. While the La Liga champion tends to be either Real Madrid or Barcelona, there are currently 20 teams that make up the league, some of which do secure the championship now and then.

We combed through the rosters of all La Liga teams to see which players are a little on the “old” side. While you’re not going to find any senior citizens competing at this level of football play, it’s still interesting to see which players may be nearing the ends of their respective careers.

La Liga Veterans

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The oldest current La Liga player is Sergio Mora, a midfielder for Getafe CF. He checks in at age 38 and has had a long professional soccer career. The second oldest La Liga player is Aritz Aduriz, a 36-year-old center-forward who plays for Athletic Bilbao. Aduriz recently signed a contract extending his playing time with Athletic Bilbao until June 2019, proving that age means nothing as far as his performance goes.

The third oldest La Liga player is Gorka Iraizoz, a goalkeeper for Girona FC. Iraizoz, 36, is a relatively new member of the squad, having transferred from Athletic Bilbao in the summer of 2017. The fourth oldest La Liga player is Daniele Bonera, 36-year-old centre-back for Villarreal CF. Bonera spent many years playing for Serie A teams in Italy but moved to La Liga in 2015.

The fifth oldest La Liga player is 36-year-old Joaquín, a right winger for Real Betis. He’s spent most of his career in La Liga, aside from a few years spent in Fiorentina, a Serie A team. This isn’t his first stint with Real Betis, either – fans of the squad much celebrated his return in 2015.

The Oldest (Ever) La Liga Players

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Looking over La Liga’s long history, we discovered that the oldest player to ever take the field for a team was Harry Lowe, who was 48 years, 7 months, and 14 days old when he did this feat for Real Sociedad in 1935. This was unusual even for the period. Lowe was an Englishman and was managing the team at the time, and when one of his players got sick (teams weren’t allowed to make changes), he suited up for the match, which his team lost 7 to 1.

The second oldest La Liga player ever to play was Ricardo, who was 41 years, 5 months, and 2 days old in 2013 when he took the field for CA Osasuna. CA Osasuna lost the game to Real Madrid 4 to 2.

The third oldest player was Amedeo Carboni. Carboni was 41 years, 1 month, and 10 days when his club, Valencia CF, defeated CA Osasuna in 2006.

Old Vets and Young Oldsters

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The oldest players on each La Liga team vary quite a bit, ranging from 38 to 31 years old. One of the youngest “oldest” players is Cristiano Ronaldo, an aforementioned international superstar. At 32 years old, he’s the eldest member of Real Madrid. As one of the world’s highest-paid soccer players, he’s certainly earned his place in the spotlight and was recently named FIFA Player of the Year. He’s been with his club since 2009 and is signed until 2021.

Other older players include Fernando Navarro (35, Deportivo de La Coruña), Gabi (34, Atlético Madrid), Chory Castro (33, Málaga CF), Diego López (36, RCD Espanyol), and Michael Krohn-Dehli (34, Sevilla FC).

Old-Fashioned

La Liga fan? Hoping to watch your favorite vets play for a few more seasons? Good news. Fanatics.com has some of the coolest La Liga gear, whether you’re a Ronaldo freak or just want to watch Sevilla wreak havoc on their opponents.

Top 5 oldest players in La Liga

  1. Sergio Mora
  2. Artiz Aduriz
  3. Gorka Iraizoz
  4. Daniele Bonera
  5. Joaquín Rodriguez

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