Numbers Crunch: Steelers Average Age By Position

By Alex Kozora

Here is a little bit of research to hold you over for the weekend and it includes the average age at each position for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Presenting this with minimal context because in the end, it doesn’t matter a whole lot. I’ll leave the absurd generalizations to Warren Sapp.

I do want to note in order to avoid the numbers being skewed towards the younger guys, I did not count any undrafted rookies and most players on a reserve/future contract. Also, counted a player’s age for what it would be by Week One, September 7th.

The chart is below with a few more nuggets to follow.


The average age on offense is 26.1. On defense, 25.8.

Quarterback is the only group with an average age above 28. Quarterback, tight end, and safety are the only ones older than 27.

Of the eight wide receivers I included, only two are older than 26. Lance Moore at 31 and Darrius Heyward-Bey at 27.

Of the 59 players that are included, only nine are at least 30. Of those nine, only six could reasonably be expected to make a significant contribution in 2014. A brief glance at the rest of the AFC North, the Baltimore Ravens have seven that fit the “significant” tag, the Cincinnati Bengals have five to six and the Cleveland Browns just two to three.

If you follow me on Twitter, you saw me write this the other day. Ramon Foster is the elder among the starting front five at 28. The ages of the other four: Kelvin Beachum (25), Maurkice Pouncey (25), David DeCastro (24), Marcus Gilbert (26).

Talk about hitting the fountain of youth among the front seven. Only one defensive lineman is past 25, no outside linebacker older than 26, and two inside linebackers past his 24th birthday (just one if you throw out Kion Wilson, who is 27).

The oldest player on the roster? 34 year old Ike Taylor. The youngest? Stephon Tuitt, who couldn’t legally buy a drink until this past May.

About the Author

Alex Kozora

Full-time blogger from mom’s basement. Marrying tape and statistics. Chidi Iwuoma is my favorite Steeler of all-time.

  • Steelers@2010

    I knew the Steelers were getting younger, but I never imagined just how young they were after the Draft. I think the Steelers will surprise some people in 2014. I’m going to predict 10-6.

  • Weiss Chad

    Hard to believe the defense is now younger than the offense

  • toonasteel

    Hey Sapp……..if I hear you say for the 5th straight year that the Steelers defense is getting old, please leave all media and let me punch your face

  • 2014 = 12-04

  • ApexSteel

    I heard a Mark Schlereth talking about how we shouldn’t run the no huddle this year because we don’t want to keep our “aging” defense on the field. I just laughed at the lack of research done by ESPN.

  • Lil Smitty

    I like the overall average ages of the offense and defense. They are still athletically in their prime, but they should also have good combined experience. Is it kickoff time?
    As far as the experts out there, I never believed them even when they said good things about the stillers. If they kept their jobs because they were accurate, we would be seeing new faces every two years like in Cleveland.

  • James Miles

    That is my prediction as well

  • Dan

    Hmmm….I think we’re getting too young. We need more experience.

  • Dan

    And gee Alex, thanks for the potential jinx of publishing the words Legal, Drink and Tuitt together.

  • steelant

    12-4 and ike has a decent season from getting benched by willie gay.

  • steelant

    how does sherman have 6 more picks than ike when sherman only played 3 seasons to ike’s 11 shaking my head.

  • Alex Kozora

    I will bear full responsibility for any jinxing, promise.

  • Nathaniel Sullivan

    Is that a serious question? Or sarcasm? Lol

  • pittsburghsteelerz

    This roster is either filled with the next generation of stars or we’ll be hoping to get back to 8-8 over the next couple years.

    The kool-aid enhanced potential of the OL, DL, OLB and CB units better put out a couple pro bowlers or this roster “reload”, which turned into an obvious rebuild, will turn into an obvious oh-shit. Obviously.

  • mlc43

    Wow..aren’t you the doomsayer. OBVIOUSLY a team can only be good if it has and/or drafts good players. OBVIOUSLY some of these draft picks need to hit for the Steelers to be successful. OBVIOUSLY you have a great talent for the OBVIOUS. As far as Kool-Aid goes, it’s OBVIOUS you prefer the poisoned kind. 😉

  • Jason

    Considering Ike probably drops around 10 picks a year this shouldn’t surprise anyone.

  • steeltown

    Damn I knew unquestionably that our Defense has gotten younger over the past 2-3yrs, but I did not know the D overall was younger than the O