Super Bowls' Youngest and Oldest

These coaches and players defied age stereotypes to make it to the title game

St. Louis Rams former head coach Dick Vermeil is given a jersey by owners Lucia Rodriguez and Chip Rosenbloom
St. Louis Rams former head coach Dick Vermeil is given a jersey by owners Lucia Rodriguez and Chip Rosenbloom. Elsa/Getty Images Sport/Getty Images

Super Bowls have been won and lost by players and coaches you might think are too young -- or old -- to play or direct the game. But, experience, maturity and perseverance show that age is not always the determining factor in deciding the outcome of the NFL's annual championship. Crafty coaches and veteran players -- as well as rising stars right out of college -- have shown that they can play and succeed on pro football's biggest stage, as the list below illustrates.

Some of the information is from sports site,  Heavy.com.

Oldest Winning Super Bowl Coaches

  • Bill Belichick, New England Patriots, LI (64 years old). Led by quarterback Tom Brady, the Patriots overcame a 25-point third-quarter deficit to beat the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in the title game's greatest comeback.
  • Dick Vermeil, St. Louis Rams, XXXIV (63). Vermeil's Rams beat the Tennessee Titans 23-16, winning their first Super Bowl.
  • Pete CarrollSeattle Seahawks, XLVIII (62). Seattle defeated  Peyton Manning (more on this Super Bowl MVP below) and the Denver Broncos, 43-8.
  • Weeb Ewbank, New York Jets, III (61). In this first game to be officially named the "Super Bowl," the Jets of the upstart American Football Conference defeated the heavily favored Baltimore Colts, 16-7.
  • Barry Switzer, Dallas Cowboys, XXX (58). Switzer's Cowboys beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 27-17.
  • Bill Walsh, San Francisco 49ers, XXIII (57). Walsh's 49ers -- led by future Hall of Fame quarterback  Joe Montana -- beat the Cincinnati Bengals 20-16.
  • George Seifert, San Francisco, XXIX (55): Seifert's 49ers beat the San Diego Chargers 49-26.

Youngest Winning Super Bowl Coaches

  • Mike Tomlin, Pittsburgh Steelers, XLIII (36). The Steelers beat the Arizona Cardinals 27-23. 
  • Jon Gruden, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, XXXVII (39): Gruden's Bucs beat the Oakland Raiders 48-21.
  • John Madden, Oakland Raiders, XI (40): Madden's Raiders beat the Minnesota Vikings 32-14 to win their first Super Bowl.
  • Joe Gibbs, Washington Redskins, XVII (42): Gibbs' Redskins beat Miami 27-17.
  • Chuck Noll, Pittsburgh Steelers, IX (43): Noll's Steelers beat the Minnesota Vikings 16-6.
  • Don Shula, Miami Dolphins, VII (43): Shula's Dolphins beat Washington 14-7, capping a perfect 17-0 season.

Oldest Players in a Super Bowl

  • Matt Stover, Indianapolis Colts, XLIV (42). Though Stover's Colts lost to the New Orleans Saints, 31-17, he did contribute five points -- almost one-third of his team's total for the day -- with one field and two points after touchdown.
  • Jeff Feagles, New York Giants, XLII (41). Feagles played in his first Superbowl after two decades in the NFL, as his Giants beat the New England Patriots, 17-14.
  • Matt Bryant, Atlanta Falcons, LI, (41). Bryant led the league in scoring with 158 points for the 2016 season, while also ranking third in field goal percentage (91.8 percentage), Wikipedia notes, before taking part in the heartbreaking loss to New England.
  • Mike Horan, St. Louis Rams, XXXIV (40): Horan was a punter who played for five different teams. He "tied the career record for most punts in Super Bowls with 17 total," according to Wikipedia. Horan retired after the game.
  • Jerry Rice, Oakland, XXXVII (40). Rice is still considered one of the best wide receivers in the history of the NFL.  
  • George Blanda, Oakland, II (40). Blanda played 26 seasons of professional football.    
  • Peyton ManningDenver Broncos, L (39). Manning, the oldest starting quarterback to both play in and win a Super Bowl game, capped a stellar career by beating the Carolina Panthers in his last NFL game.

Youngest Players in a Super Bowl

  • Jamal Lewis, Baltimore Ravens - XXXV (21). A rookie, Lewis helped the Ravens defeat the New York Giants, 34-7, even scoring a fourth-quarter touchdown in the winning effort.
  • Tony Hill, Dallas Cowboys, XII (21). Hill was a three-time Pro Bowler and Super Bowl champ as his Cowboys beat the Denver Broncos 27-10.
  • Derrick Harmon, San Francisco 49ers, XIX (21): Harmon was a running back from Cornell, the first alumnus from that school to win a Super Bowl ring.
  • Brian Bulaga, Green Bay Packers, XLV (21). Bulaga, the youngest player to start a super bowl, helped his Packers defeat the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-25.
  • Bob Stein, Kansas City Chiefs, IV (21): Stein went on to become the first CEO of the Minnesota Timberwolves of the NBA.
  • Travis Williams, Green Bay Packers, II (22): Williams was one of the best kick returners in the game until a knee injury forced him into early retirement.