Oct 27, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles inside linebacker DeMeco Ryans (59) before the game between the Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia Eagles' DeMeco Ryans Is NFL's Iron Man

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Philadelphia Eagles inside linebacker DeMeco Ryans turns 30 this year prior to the 2014 NFL Season. That’s old for a football player. In Dog-Years or regular working stiffs like me and you that is about 61. Last season was his eighth season in the NFL. He played more downs last season than any other player in the NFL. He was on the field for 1,157 snaps last season. That was 96 percent of all the Eagles’ defensive plays.

Not only did Ryans play more than any other player in the NFL, last season was a career season for him. He recorded 127 combined tackles, four sacks and two interceptions. He is a proven veteran leader in the Eagles organization. He has some new recruits to take under his wing this year. I can’t think of many other men I would want to mentor the new blood. His mentoring of  Philadelphia Eagles inside linebacker Mychal Kendricks for the past two seasons has paid great dividends.

Depending who you ask the average career of an NFL player is either 3.5 Years as quoted by Executive Director of the National Football League Players Association DeMaurice Smith or 6.8 years according to a communication from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

Regardless of who you believe, Ryans has exceeded the average age of an NFL player. That’s typically about the most linebackers begin to wind down their career. He shows no signs of slowing down either.

They’ll have to yank me off the field”-DeMeco Ryans

With heart and attitude like that it there is more optimism for the future of the Eagles.

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