The top five oldest players on the Buccaneers

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Quarterback Josh McCown – July 4, 1979 – 34 years old – 12 years in the league

The probable starting quarterback has lived a football career that is just one Super Bowl ring away from becoming a Disney movie. McCown has been traded twice and he is playing on his seventh NFL team in 12 years. In 2010, McCown signed with the Hartford Colonials of the United Football League and finished as the highest-rated passer that season. In 2011, McCown was an assistant football coach at Marvin Ridge high school (the Mavericks finished 10-2). Fortunately for Buccaneer fans, McCown signed with Chicago on Nov. 23, 2011 to backup Caleb Hanie after Jay Cutler suffered an injury. McCown shined in 2013, establishing himself as more than just a backup quarterback, UFL star and high school coach. McCown needs only 1,173 passing yards to eclipse the 10,000-yard milestone.

What happened in 1979?

The President of the USA was James Earl Carter Jr. Iranian militants seized US Embassy in Teheran and hold hostages (Nov. 4). Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan, causing the world to react with protest (Dec. 27). The Sugar Hill Gang released the first commercial rap hit “Rapper’s Delight,” bringing rap to the mainstream music scene. “Saturday Night Fever” by the Bee Gees won Album of the Year. A brand new Sony Walkman cost $200.00. A gallon of gas cost 86 cents. Popular films include: Superman The Movie, Rocky II and The Muppet Movie. Celebrities born during 1979 include: Aaron Paul, Heath Ledger, John Krasinski, and B.J. Novak.

Long Snapper Jeremy Cain – March 24, 1980 – 34 years old – seven years in the league

Cain was a star at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, earning All-State honors as a senior. Cain played college football at UMass and was a two-time All-American and twice a finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award given annually to the top defensive player in Division 1-AA. Cain finished his career ranking fifth in school history with 363 tackles. During 2006, Cain played in NFL Europe on the Amsterdam Admirals, playing as the starting linebacker and long snapper that season. The Titans signed Cain in 2007 after an injury to their long snapper. Cain played in nine games. In 2009, the Jaguars signed him and Cain started all 16 games that season and the next. Cain signed a one-year contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers March 18, 2014 worth $855,000.

What happened in 1980?

Six US embassy aides escaped from Iran.(Argo) John Lennon was shot dead in New York City. Ted Turner launched CNN, the first all-news network. Ronald Reagan was elected President. Mount St. Helens erupted May 18 in Washington killing 57. The United States and 64 other countries boycott the summer Olympics. The United States waited to beat the U.S.S.R. at their greatest sport instead, defeating the Soviets during the “Miracle on Ice” en route to later winning the gold medal. Fax machines debuted in Japan. Post-it Notes and Pac-Man are also released. A VHS Home Movie Camera costs $1,599.00. A gallon of gas costs $1.19. Popular movies include: Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Superman II, Raging Bull. Celebrities born during 1980 include Jessica Simpson, Channing Tatum, Ryan Gosling, Zooey Deschanel, Olivia Munn, and Minka Kelly.

Punter Michael Koenen – July 13, 1982 – 31 years old – 10 years in the league.

Koenen played college football at Western Washington University. He is one of four alumni to make it to the NFL. During his 10-year career, Koenen has punted the ball 670 times for 28,810 yards, an average of 43.0 yards per punt. He has the eighth most punt yards by active punters. Koenen has also made 23 tackles in his career. His 23 tackles are more than Saints starting defensive tackle Broderick Bunkley has in the last two years (18).

What happened in 1982?

North Carolina defeated Georgetown 63-62 to win the Men’s NCAA Basketball Championship.

Italy defeats West Germany in the World Cup. Michael Jackson released Thriller. John Belushi died of a drug overdose at age 33. The first issue of USA TODAY is published. The first CD player is sold in Japan. The Weather Channel airs on cable television for the first time. The first use of a smiley or emotion as a way of expressing emotion in an email is used. Disney EPCOT (Experimental Community of Tomorrow) opened. The Times man of the year is THE COMPUTER.

Chariots of Fire won Best Picture. Popular movies include: Rocky III, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Annie, E.T. The extraterrestrial. Celebrities born during 1982 include LeAnn Rimes, Andy Roddick, Anne Hathaway, Seth Rogen, and Kelly Clarkson.

Wide Receiver Vincent Jackson – Jan. 14, 1983 – 31 years old – 10 years

Vincent Jackson wasn’t highly recruited out of high school. In fact, Jackson was accepted into Ivy League school Columbia, but chose the University of Northern Colorado because they offered him a football scholarship. Jackson proved to UNC they made a great investment the first time he touched the ball as a true freshman during a punt return for a touchdown. Jackson would go on to set school records in receiving yards in a game & season, receiving touchdowns in a career, and kick return and punt return yards. Jackson has enjoyed a stellar nine-year career, especially since his two greatest seasons have occurred in Tampa Bay. In fact, his 150 receptions, 2608 receiving yards and 15 receiving touchdowns. An average of 75 receptions, 1304 yards and 7.5 touchdowns per season. If Jackson had these stats for his entire career, he would have 675 receptions, 11,736 yards, and 67.5 touchdowns. Jackson would rank 13th in active receptions, fifth in active receiving yards, and fifth in active receiving touchdowns.

Offensive Guard Carl Nicks – March 5, 1983 – 31 – seven years

Carl Nicks will play his third year with the Buccaneers this season. The former two-time All-Pro has played 64 games, starting 61 of them. Nicks already has an impressive list of accomplishments on the field, including a two-time Pro Bowler, first-team All-Pro in 2011, a second-team All-Pro in 2010, a Super Bowl champion, with arguably the greatest honor coming from his two-time recipient of the Madden Most Valuable Protectors award.

What Happened in 1983?

The release of compact discs spells out the end of the vinyl record that is until 2013. “Crack” cocaine is developed and sightings in America are soon spotted. Motorola begins testing cellular phone service in Chicago. Seat belts become mandatory in the United Kingdom. ARPANET officially changes to use the Internet Protocol, creating the Internet. A South Korean Boeing 747 jetliner bound for Seoul strays into the Soviet airspace and is shot down; all 269 aboard are killed (August 30). U.S. invades Grenada Oct. 25. Popular films include: Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, Superman III, Terms of Endearment. Celebrities born in 1983 include: Mila Kunis, Jonah Hill, Andrew Garfield and Adrianna Palicki.

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