There are very few industries where a 21-year old can jump straight into a new job and rank just as high on the on the chain of command as a 39-year old. Sports of course, is one of only a handful of industries where it’s a common occurrence.
Despite the 18 year age difference and completely different means of communication growing up (texting vs. paging) the two must coexist.
In the corporate world, the 21- year old might be getting the 39-year old his daily Starbucks (Venti Pike roast with a little Half and Half please), but in the NFL, age doesn’t matter as long as you contribute to team success.
Sav Rocca, the Redskins’ oldest player, is 18 years, or to be exact, 6,591 days older than the youngest Redskin, rookie cornerback David Amerson.
Here are some facts that illustrate how drastic their age difference is:
–Rocca was born in November of 1973, while Amerson was born in December of 1991.
–Rocca, although Australian, was born during the Nixon Administration. Amerson was born during George Bush, Sr.’s term in office…. three presidencies later.
–When Amerson was born, the cost of a gallon of gas in the US was $1.09. When Rocca was born, it was a miniscule $.36.
–When Rocca was born, the No. 1 song in the USA was “Keep On Truckin’” by Eddie Kendricks, while when Amerson was born, it was Michael Jackson’s “Black or White.”
–In 1973, Sonny Jurgensen was the Redskins’ starting quarterback. In 1991, it was Super Bowl champion Mark Rypien.
–Finally, a year after Amerson made his debut on this planet, Rocca made his debut too…in the professional Australian Rules Football.
While Rocca and Amerson differ in many things, they are similar in their passion for both football and the Washington Redskins.
When they are together out on the field, there are no 39-year olds or 21-year olds. There are two guys both striving to bring home a W for the city of Washington.
So to Redskins fans of all ages and generations, I say Hail to the Redskins!
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