Unless the NFL changes its draft rules, maybe the league"s most unbreakable record is that of the youngest Super Bowl winners.
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A handful of players have done it at 21, including two as starters — Jamal Lewis and Bryan Bulaga. But it"s basically impossible under the current setup for a player younger than 21 to be playing in February the year after they"re drafted. That means Lewis and Bulaga might only welcome more company over time, not be bested.
A quarterback could still accomplish that feat, though. No quarterback has started and won the Super Bowl at 21 or even 22 years of age. Not even Patrick Mahomes made it happen quite that fast.
Below, we"ve got more details on the youngest quarterback to ever win a Super Bowl along with some of the youngest players ever to get a ring.
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Who is the youngest quarterback to win a Super Bowl?
The youngest quarterback to start and win a Super Bowl is Ben Roethlisberger, who was 23 in Super Bowl 40 when the Steelers defeated the Seahawks, 21-10. Hines Ward was named Super Bowl MVP, but Roethlisberger was the winning quarterback. Big Ben struggled against Seattle, though, completing 9 of 21 passes for 123 yards and two interceptions.
Some of the other most notable Super Bowl-winning QBs didn"t get their first victory until later in their career. Here"s a list of some of the top quarterbacks and the age when they first won the Super Bowl:Patrick Mahomes - 24Tom Brady - 24Joe Montana - 25Terry Bradshaw - 26Troy Aikman - 26Aaron Rodgers - 27Eli Manning - 27
If Mahomes wins Super Bowl 55 in February 2021, he"d become the youngest quarterback ever to have won two Super Bowl rings. He doesn"t turn 26 until Sept. 17, 2021.
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Youngest Super Bowl winners
The tricky part about NFL rosters is that a Super Bowl-winning backup offensive guard could be young and totally out of sight, out of mind. Putting together a list of the youngest players to ever win the Super Bowl meant a tedious journey through Football Reference. But best we can tell, these are the 16 youngest players denoted as "starter" by Football Reference to ever win the Super Bowl — in other words, all the 21- and 22-year-old "starters" to get a ring.
|Player||Player Age||Team||Year (Super Bowl No.)|
|Jamal Lewis||21||Ravens||2001 (35)|
|Bryan Bulaga||21||Packers||2011 (45)|
|Jack Lambert||22||Steelers||1975 (9)|
|Ron Johnson||22||Steelers||1979 (13)|
|Matt Millen||22||Raiders||1980 (14)|
|Eric Wright||22||49ers||1981 (15)|
|Ronnie Lott||22||49ers||1981 (15)|
|Mark Collins||22||Giants||1987 (21)|
|Bryant Young||22||49ers||1995 (29)|
|William Floyd||22||49ers||1995 (29)|
|Travis Taylor||22||Ravens||2001 (35)|
|Richard Seymour||22||Patriots||2002 (36)|
|Randall Gay||22||Patriots||2005 (39)|
|Antoine Bethea||22||Colts||2007 (41)|
|Jason Pierre-Paul||22||Giants||2012 (46)|
|Malcolm Brown||22||Patriots||2017 (51)|