While it was all but done quite awhile ago, the move was made official on Saturday, as the New England Pats resigned 43-year-old QB Vinny Testaverde to come in and be the teams third quarterback. The move had been talked about, and many knew it would be done once the Pats wrapped up two-a-day practices. Vinny comes back for an amazing 21st season, and will look to extend his streak to 20 seasons with at least one TD pass.
The Pats also made other roster moves, including the release of safety Artrell Hawkins, cornerback Gemara Williams and linebacker Kyle Bissinger. Back to Vinny, he has started 208 of his 226 NFL games and is in the top 10 on the career lists for yards passing, attempts, completions and touchdown passes. He was the top overall pick of Tampa Bay back in 1987, was a Heisman Trophy winner, and has also spent time with the Browns, Ravens, Jets and Cowboys.
He becomes one of nine QB’s to play over the age of 40, the last was Doug Flutie back in 2005, when at the age of 43 he also played for New England. “We all knew what the situation was going to be. I knew I was the emergency guy,” Testaverde said.