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Adam Vinatieri now the NFL’s graybeard

Adam Vinatieri, right, is set to be the oldest player in the NFL this season.

Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff

Adam Vinatieri, right, is set to be the oldest player in the NFL this season.

With Jason Hanson retiring, the honor of being the oldest player in the NFL now goes to fellow kicker Adam Vinatieri. In fact, seven of the 10 oldest players currently on an NFL roster are special teams players.

A look at some of the league’s graybeards (ages are as of Week 1 of the season, beginning Sept. 5):

OLDEST

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Adam Vinatieri, K, Colts; 40 years, 9 months; entering 18th season

Sav Rocca, P, Redskins; 39 years, 10 months; entering 7th season

David Akers, K, Lions; 38 years, 9 months; entering 16th season

Phil Dawson, K, 49ers; 38 years, 7 months; entering 15th season

Patrick Mannelly, LS, Bears; 38 years, 5 months; entering 16th season

London Fletcher, LB, Redskins; 38 years, 4 months; entering 16th season

Matt Bryant, K, Falcons; 38 years, 4 months; entering 12th season

Matt Hasselbeck, QB, Colts; 37 years, 11 months; entering 16th season

Tony Gonzalez, TE, Falcons; 37 years, 7 months; entering 17th season

Brian Moorman, P, Steelers; 37 years, 7 months; entering 13th season

RETIRED

Jason Hanson, K; Age 43

Ben Graham, P; Age 39

Ronde Barber, S; Age 38

Donald Driver, WR; Age 38

Ray Lewis, LB; Age 38

Jeff Saturday, C; Age 38

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Olindo Mare, K; Age 40

Charlie Batch, QB; Age 38

Keith Brooking, LB; Age 37

Vonnie Holliday, LB; Age 37

Mike Peterson, LB; Age 37

Brandon Stokley, WR; Age 37

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