Chiefs Quarterback Patrick Mahomes recently threw out a number for how many years he wants to keep playing football. Which would give him an NFL career that would outlast most players in the football franchise. It might be a lofty goal for some, but Mahomes is on the path to actually see it happen.

Patrick Mahomes Wants 15 More Years In The NFL

Mahomes recently told deadspin.com that he wants to play in the NFL as long as he can. And he believes that playing 15 more years isn’t out of the question. Though, being the amazing team leader that this guy is, Mahomes had a caveat. He said he doesn’t want to play so long that he starts to hurt his team by being there.

Many professional athletes retire before they get to the age of 40. Since Patrick Mahomes is currently 28 years old, 15 more years would have him retiring at the age of 43. Putting him on the short list of players who stay in the game into their fourth decade of living. When compared to other quarterbacks, Mahomes is well on his way to achieving this longevity goal.

Let’s compare him to another great quarterback, Tom Brady. Brady played his last season in 2023, when he was 45. Although not the oldest quarterback in NFL history at the time of his retirement, Brady was the oldest starting quarterback in the NFL. And he was six years older than the next oldest NFL starter, Aaron Rodgers, time.com reported.

When we put Mahomes’s career up against Brady’s, we can see that Mahomes is a few years ahead of where Brady was at this time, deadspin.com pointed out. At 28 years old, this year’s Super Bowl will be the fourth for Mahomes. Brady was 30 when he hit the same milestone in his career.

But Mahomes didn’t say he wanted to necessarily outplay other quarterbacks or collect more rings. He simply said he wants to last in professional football for another 15 years. And we think that’s totally doable for the young athlete. The question is, where would he spend those last five years?

Mahomes Doesn’t Have 15-Year Contract With The Chiefs

In 2020, Mahomes’s signed an extension contract with Kansas City that confirmed he’d play for the Chiefs for another ten years, putting him into the 2031 season with the Chiefs. Right now there’s nothing in stone for as long as Mahomes wants to play. So where he would spend that last years of his career is anyone’s guess. However, if the Chiefs don’t extend his contract for that long, Mahomes wouldn’t be the first NFL quarterback to spend the last few years of his career on a different team.

When thinking about former quarterbacks you were sure had a career into their 40s, you might think of names like Dan Marino, John Elway, Steve Young or Joe Montana. But they all retired at the age of 38. Even Peyton Manning didn’t make it to his 40th birthday before retirement.

If Patrick Mahomes does play another 15 years in the NFL and retire at the age of 43, he would be included in a very small club of players who played past the age of 40. Here are some other famous quarterbacks who made it that long. – Wendy Rush

  • Famous NFL QBs Who Retired After 40

    We’re starting our list with those who were beyond the age of 40 at the time of their retirement, so let’s start with the famous 41-year old NFL retirees.

  • Brett Favre - Retired at 41

    Quarterback Brett Favre of the Green Bay Packers during the first round playoff game against the Minnesota Vikings at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin on January 9, 2004. The Vikings beat the Packers 31-17 to advance to the second round of the playoffs against the Philadelphia Eagles. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

    Quarterback Brett Favre of the Green Bay Packers during the first round playoff game against the Minnesota Vikings at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

    Brett Favre spent 19 years playing in the NFL. And even though he was a member of four different teams during his career, he’s mostly known for his 15 year span with the Green Bay Packers. He played for Green Bay from 1992 to 2007. But spent his final year with the Minnesota Vikings.

  • Drew Brees - Retired at 42

    CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA - JANUARY 03: Quarterback Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints shares a smile following their 33-7 victory over the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on January 03, 2021 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

    Quarterback Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints shares a smile following their victory over the Carolina Panthers on January 03, 2021.

    Drew Brees played in the NFL for 20 years before he retired in 2021. He actually turned 42 a few days before the last game he played in the 2020 football season. When Tom Brady was the oldest active quarterback in the NFL, Brees was the second oldest. He played with the San Diego Chargers for four years before he was the quarterback for the New Orleans Saints from 2006 to 2021.

  • Doug Flutie - Retired at 43

    20 Sep 1998: Quarterback Doug Flutie #7 of the Buffalo Bills looks on during a game against the St. Louis Rams at the Bills Stadium in Orchard Park, New York. The Rams defeated the Bills 34-33.

    Quarterback Doug Flutie of the Buffalo Bills looks on during a game against the St. Louis Rams at the Bills Stadium in Orchard Park, New York.

    Doug Flutie played with multiple teams in the NFL. His longest stint being only three years with the San Diego Chargers. He actually didn’t have that long of an NFL career. Only 12 seasons. So he joins other lesser-known quarterbacks who retired after 40. Other names on that list would include Steve DeBerg (44), John Nesser (45) and Earl Morrall (42). Although, Morrall was one considered of the most famous backup quarterbacks in NFL history (oldest.org).

    Flutie retired in 2006 at the age of 43.

  • Warren Moon - Retired at 44

    Warren Moon #1, Quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs  during the American Football Conference West game against the San Diego Chargers on 26 November 2000 at the Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California, United States. The Chargers won the game 17 - 16.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

    Warren Moon, Quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs, during the American Football Conference West game against the San Diego Chargers on 26 November 2000.

    Besides having one of the coolest names in the NFL, Moon also had a 23-season career. He played mostly with the Houston Oilers but retired after the 1999 season as a Kansas City Chief.

  • Vinny Testaverde - Retired at 44

    ATLANTA - OCTOBER 24: Vinny Testaverde #16 of the New York Jets watches on from the sidelines during their game against the Atlanta Falcons on October 24, 2005 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

    Vinny Testaverde of the New York Jets watches on from the sidelines during their game against the Atlanta Falcons on October 24, 2005.

    Vinny Testaverde played in the NFL with seven different teams over his 21-season career. Mostly with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the New York Jets. But he was a Carolina Panther when he retired in 2008.

  • Tom Brady - Retired at 45

    Former New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady speaks during a ceremony honoring him at halftime of New England's game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Gillette Stadium on September 10, 2023.

    Former New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady speaks during a ceremony honoring him at  New England’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

    Brady was sporting some gray facial hair when he finally called it quits in 2023, at the age of 45. He will most definitely be remembered as a New England Patriot, which he was for 20 of his 23 seasons. The last three years he spent as a Tampa Bay Buccaneer.

  • George Blanda - Retired at 48

    Yes, this guy is a freak of nature. Not only does he hold the record as the oldest player in the NFL, but the guy was a quarterback! Blanda was an impressive 48 years old when he retired from professional football. Which he did in 1976, after 26 years in the league. Though he played the longest with the Chicago Bears, Blanda was an Oakland Raider at the time of his retirement.

  • Other NFL Players Who Retired After The Age of 45

    Quarterbacks usually don’t last as long as players who play other positions in the NFL. But playing any professional football after the age of 45 is pretty impressive. So here’s a shoutout to some other favorite players in the NFL who lasted that long.

  • Adam Vinatieri - Retired at 46

    3 Feb 2002: Adam Vinatieri of the New England Patriots celebrates winning Super Bowl XXXVI 20-17 against the St. Louis Rams at the Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. DIGITAL IMAGE. Mandatory Credit: Andy Lyons/Getty Images

    Adam Vinatieri of the New England Patriots celebrates winning Super Bowl XXXVI 20-17 against the St. Louis Rams.

    Kickers don’t usually get quite as much attention as quarterbacks. But Adam Vinatieri commanded it with the records he broke in his 24 years as an NFL kicker. He spent nine years with the New England Patriots before he was picked up by the Indianapolis Colts. Where he spent the remaining 13 years of his career. Vinatieri retired in 2020, after the 2019 season. He was 46 at the time.

  • John Carney - Retired at 46

    7 Nov 1999: John Carney #3 of the San Diego Chargers punts the ball during a game against the Denver Broncos at the Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. The Broncos defeated the Chargers 33-17.

    John Carney #3 of the San Diego Chargers punts the ball during a game against the Denver Broncos at the Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California.

    Another great kicker who had an impressive run in the NFL was John Carney. He was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in 1987 and played with various teams throughout his 23-year career in the league. Spending the longest time with the San Diego Chargers (1990-2000). Carney was 46 when he retired after the 2010 season.

  • Morten Andersen - Retired at 47

    ATLANTA - OCTOBER 22: Morten Andersen #5 of the Atlanta Falcons talks with Chris Gardocki #17 of the Pittsburgh Steelers after the game on October 22, 2006 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

    Morten Andersen of the Atlanta Falcons talks with Chris Gardocki of the Pittsburgh Steelers after the game on October 22, 2006.

    Like Mahomes, Morten Andersen had a goal to play a long time in the NFL. But Andersen actually wanted to break Blanda’s record as the oldest player in NFL history. And he diligently waited for a contract offer to come in during his last year. It never did, and he finally announced his retirement in December of the 2008 season, when he was 47 years old.

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