Demario Davis defying expectations and Father Time

New Orleans Saints linebacker Demario Davis is truly an ageless wonder. Davis turned 35 on Thursday and was named to his fifth consecutive All-Pro team on Friday. Since coming to New Orleans, he’s received more national acclaim for his play. The only year he hasn’t made an All-Pro team was his first year in New Orleans.

It’s really impressive when you consider his age. He played this entire year at 34 and was a second team All-Pro. Patrick Willis and Luke Kuechly are two of the most prominent linebackers of the generation. Both players retired before turning 30 years old, due to how grueling the position can be. Davis received his first All-Pro nod at 30 and has named to the All-Pro second team four consecutive years afterwards.

Davis has missed just one game since 2013. His mixture of durability and production makes his level of play so impressive. Over the last two years, Davis has been asked to blitz even more. He’s answered with 6.5 sacks each year, a career-high. Demario Davis’ five-year stretch has been impressive. When you realize he did it all in his 30’s as a linebacker, it truly becomes impressive.

Story originally appeared on Saints Wire