Chargers History

5 Oldest NFL players to play for the LA Chargers

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Darren Bennett
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4. Darren Bennett, 38 in 2003

Punter Darren Bennett has one of the most interesting careers in NFL history. The punter started his NFL career at the age of 30 with the Bolts, earning an All-Pro and Pro Bowl nod in his first season in 1995.

Bennett wound up playing through the 2005 season, spending his last two seasons with the Minnesota Vikings. Bennett's last season with the Bolts came in 2003 at the ripe age of 38, which in reality, is not all that old for a punter.

Bennett was originally a rugby player in Australia and was a prominent name in the Australian Football League. Bennett retired prematurely due to a knee injury and that simply opened up a brand-new career as a punter in the NFL where he did not have to be as physical.

Bennett was one of the best punters in the NFL during his tenure with the Chargers and was even inducted into the Chargers Hall of Fame.

Much like Antonio Gates was a trailblazer for the tight end position, Bennett was a trailblazer for Australian players to come over and play American football. While he was not the first Australian to come over to America, he certainly was the most popular and successful. There are currently six Australians on an active NFL roster, four of which are punters.