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Friday, March 13, 2009
Clock ticks loudly for former league MVP

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

  Alexander

Former Seahawks running back Shaun Alexander hopes the Redskins bring him back, according to Redskins.com via Clare Farnsworth of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

This recalls our earlier item about halfbacks in their 30s. Alexander turns 32 in August. NFL teams are employing two running backs older than 31 at present. Both players -- Fred Taylor (33) and Kevin Faulk (32) -- play for the Patriots.

A quick look at the number of NFL halfbacks by current age:

Thirteen backs are 29 years old. Four are 28. Ten are 27. Eighteen are 26. Nineteen are 25. Twenty-three are 24. Twenty-three are 23. Eleven are 22. Four are 21.

These numbers count only halfbacks on active 53-man rosters. At least seven fullbacks are in their 30s (some tight ends double as fullbacks, making the number an estimate).