Bryant McKinnie Is Ravens' New Old-Timer


Last week, Bryant McKinnie was sitting at his locker at the head of the Ravens locker room, looking at all the young faces surrounding him.

"I looked around and I was like, 'Wait, who's been around longer than me?'" McKinnie said. "Ray Lewis is gone, Ed Reed is gone, Matt Birk is gone. I'm like, 'Wait a minute …'"

Yes, McKinnie is the oldest player on the Ravens roster at 33 years old. Born on Sept. 29, 1979, McKinnie is two days older than Ravens cornerback Chris Johnson.

Last year, Lewis (38), Reed (34), Birk (36), defensive lineman Ma'ake Kemoeatu (34) and linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo (36) were all older than McKinnie.

The roster has undergone a youth movement this offseason, however. McKinnie's not worried about it though.

"I'm alright because I feel young," he said.

"I hang with young people and just stay active. People start feeling old when they sit down and get in that cycle of doing the same thing. That's why I had to pick up tennis. It gives me something else to do to stay active and stay young."

The Ravens' offensive line is particularly youthful. The next closest in age to McKinnie is Marshal Yanda at 28, and Michael Oher and center A.Q. Shipley are both 27.

McKinnie said some rookies have come to him and said they liked watching McKinnie – when they were in middle school.

"I was like, 'Whaaaat!?!?!'" McKinnie said. "That's kinda scary.

"That's probably why [Run Game Coordinator] Juan [Castillo] keeps using me as an example in the meeting rooms. I didn't really get it. He'll say, 'Bryant, isn't this right?' I'll be like, 'I don't know why you're asking me, Coach.'"

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