One of the unique things about Super Bowl XLVIII, which will be played at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, February 2, 2014, at 6:25 pm, is that there is a record age gap between the two starting quarterbacks. Coming into Super Bowl XLVIII, Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks is 25 years old, and Peyton Manning for the Denver Broncos is 37 years old.
The 12 year age gap between the two starting quarterbacks at this year's Super Bowl is the largest in Super Bowl history. Does that mean anything? By studying the past 47 Super Bowls we can find out.
Does Super Bowl record age gap between Peyton Manning and Russell Wilson matter?
- Oldest quarterback to win a Super Bowl - 38
John Elway was 38 years old when he won Super Bowl XXXIII. Elway was also the oldest quarterback to ever start a Super Bowl. (Peyton Manning will be 38 seven weeks after Super Bowl XLVIII is over.)
- Youngest quarterback to win a Super Bowl - 23
Ben Roethlisberger was 23 years old when he won Super Bowl XXXIX. Roethlisberger is tied with Dan Marino, who lost, as the youngest quarterbacks to ever start a Super Bowl.
- How have 37 year old quarterbacks done in the Super Bowl?
Four 37 year old quarterbacks have started in the Super Bowl. John Elway and Johnny Unitas won, while Rich Gannon and Kurt Warner lost.
- How have 25 year old quarterbacks done in the Super Bowl?
Four quarterbacks who were 25 years old have started in the Super Bowl. Joe Namath and Joe Montana won, while Vince Ferragamo and Colin Kaepernick lost.
- What is the average age for a Super Bowl winning and losing quarterback?
This is a complete wash, as the average Super Bowl winning quarterback age is 29.94 years, and the average loser is 29.85 years.
- Does the older or younger quarterback usually win the Super Bowl?
There have been 44 Super Bowls with an age gap of at least one year among the starting quarterbacks (the other three Super Bowls the quarterbacks were same age). The older quarterback has won 24 times, and the younger quarterback 20 times. Edge to Peyton Manning.
- What about Super Bowls with big age gaps between the quarterbacks?
As the age gap grows, the younger quarterback starts doing better. In all the Super Bowls with age gaps of at least six years between the quarterbacks, the younger quarterback has emerged victorious by an 11-7 margin. Edge to Russell Wilson.
- What happened in the previous Super Bowl with the largest age gap among quarterbacks?
In Super Bowl XLIII, Ben Roethlisberger of the Pittsburgh Steelers was 26, while Kurt Warner of the Arizona Cardinals was 37, an 11 year gap. Roethlisberger won in what was the previous largest age gap difference among starting quarterbacks in Super Bowl history. Edge Russell Wilson.
- So who has the edge in Super Bowl XLVIII based upon the ages of Peyton Manning and Russell Wilson?
Does the athletic (he played minor league baseball in 2010 and 2011) and young 25 year old Russell Wilson or the wily 37 year old veteran Peyton Manning have the edge in Super Bowl XLVIII?
While I think most people would think Peyton Manning has the edge based upon his experience, the records of the past Super Bowls show that a younger quarterback is at no disadvantage to an older quarterback when there is a big gap in their age differences.