I sent out a Tweet this weekend announcing (with a mix of exasperation and jealousy) that Jason Pierre-Paul, the Giants’ first-round draft pick, was born in 1989.


Well, the Giants are bringing in another rookie defensive end whose year of birth could be just as startling. He’s Brandon Crawford and he’s a 33-year-old former Marine who played at Ball State.

The Ball State Daily News first reported his signing with the Giants.

The New York Times wrote about his unorthodox route to the NFL a few weeks ago.

According to the BSDN, if Crawford makes an NFL roster (he’ll be 34 at the start of the season), he’d become the oldest rookie in the league since Otis Douglas made his NFL debut for the Philadelphia Eagles. In 1946.

Not even Crawford was born then.


One guy I had an eye on as an undrafted free agent was LSU defensive end Rahim Alem. Why? Because his brother, Chad Jones, was drafted by the Giants and said that he put in a good word with the organization about his sibling.

Well, Alem has signed as an undrafted free agent with the Bengals.

Too bad. Would have been a good story.

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