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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

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

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

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    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

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    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

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    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