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Who is The Youngest Quarterback To Win a Superbowl?

Tom Brady used to be the youngest superbowl-winning quarterback in NFL history when he led the New England Patriots in a 20–17 win over the Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI at 25 years old. 

But who is the youngest quarterback to win a superbowl at the moment? 

Ben Roethlisberger, while he was still in his second professional season, became the youngest quarterback at 23 years old to ever win a superbowl with a 21–10 win over the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XL.[1]

Ben Roethlisberger’s Background 

Benjamin Todd Roethlisberger Sr. was born on the 2nd of March 1982, and is also known as “Big Ben.” He is an American football quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Ben attended college football at Miami University, and was drafted with the 11th overall pick by the Steelers during the first round of the 2004 NFL Draft. [2]

Below are Ben’s career highlights and awards:

  • 2× Super Bowl champion (XL, XLIII)
  • 6× Pro Bowl (2007, 2011, 2014–2017)
  • 2× NFL passing yards leader (2014, 2018)
  • NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year (2004)
  • PFWA All-Rookie Team (2004)
  • MAC Most Valuable Player (2003)
  • MAC Offensive Player of the Year (2003)
  • MAC Freshman of the Year (2001)
  • Miami RedHawks No.7 retired

Some of the Quarterbacks Who Played Superbowl at a Young Age

If you want to know the names of the quarterbacks who played a superbowl at a young age, below is a list of them along with their few information:

1. Dan Marino, 23 years old; Super Bowl XIX (1985)

When Marino took the Miami Dolphins to the Super Bowl in 1984 season, he had what was the greatest regular season for a quarterback in NFL history. He became the first player to throw for 5,000 passing yards that season—and the only player to do so in the 20th century—which made him win the league MVP award. 

As the Dolphins blew out the Seattle Seahawks and Pittsburgh Steelers to make their ways to Super Bowl XIX, he threw for seven touchdowns in two postseason games. The San Francisco 49ers defense even switched to dime personnel to control Marino, who made throws for 318 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions (66.9 rating) in a 38-16 defeat.

2. David Woodley, 24 years old; Super Bowl XVII (1983)

Although Woodley started his game well, he still had one of the worst performances in Super Bowl history. Woodley gave the Miami Dolphins a 7-0 lead over the Washington Redskins in the first quarter when he fired a 76-yard strike to Jimmy Cefalo for a touchdown—it was just his third pass of the game. 

Woodley’s final completion arrived with just 10:23 left in the second quarter, then he finished just 4 of 14 for 97 yards with a touchdown, interception and a fumble in a 27-17 Dolphins loss. His performance wasn’t that surprising since he had just five touchdowns and eight interceptions in the strike-shortened 1982 season.

3. Jared Goff, 24 years old; Super Bowl LIII (2019)

After averaging over 30 points in the regular season, Goff’s performance in last year’s Super Bowl is one to forget. The Los Angeles Rams scored just three points in a 13-3 loss to the New England Patriots. The Rams failed to advance past the Patriots’ 27-yard line in the entire game, which was pretty much where Goff threw his interception just short of the end zone. 

4. Patrick Mahomes, 24 years old; Super Bowl LIV (2020)

Mahomes can already add up Super Bowl MVP to his quickly expanding resume together with the league MVP. He took home Super Bowl LIV MVP honors after leading the Kansas City Chiefs back from a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit and to its second-ever Lombardi Trophy as well as its first in 50 years in a 31-20 win over the San Francisco 49ers.

Mahomes even told FOX’s Chris Myers that the whole team never lost faith and that’s the biggest contributor to their victory. “Everybody on this team, no one had their head down, and we believed in each other. That’s what we preached all year long,” he added. 

Mahomes became the youngest player to win both an MVP and a Super Bowl title and the third-youngest to be named Super Bowl MVP at 24 years, 138 days old. It’s hard not to be amazed at his fast rise to stardom and greatness.

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Final Words

In conclusion, there is really no definitive answer to the question of whether age matters in becoming successful in the NFL. So winning a superbowl—or even just playing one—at a young age is something to be proud of as an NFL quarterback. It is definitely a title worth boasting about. 

What can you say about this? Do you agree that age doesn’t really matter in the NFL? Let us know what you think!

Resources:

1. “Super Bowl XL – Wikipedia.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Super_Bowl_XL. Accessed 17 Jul. 2020.
2.  “Steelers Home | Pittsburgh Steelers – Steelers.com.” https://www.steelers.com/. Accessed 17 Jul. 2020.

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