Joe Flacco, QB

This is not a continuation of the bogus is-Joe-Flacco-elite conversation. It's a nod to the eighth-year quarterback's consistency.

He consistently stays healthy. He consistently wins football games. He consistently throws for more than 3,000 yards and somewhere around 20 touchdowns each season.

Flacco has 148 touchdown passes and 25,531 passing yards through seven NFL seasons. He's 30 years old now, but the 18th overall pick in the 2008 draft recently said he doesn't see why quarterbacks can't play until they're 45.

“Obviously, there comes a point where you start to decline, but I don’t know why that age can’t be 45 if you really want it to be," Flacco said last week. "You’re dropping back within a 4x4-yard area, and you’re throwing a football. I’ve just got to keep my arm in shape and stay healthy, and as long as I keep my head right, that’s really what it comes down to.”

OK, so let's meet Flacco part of the way. If he manages to put up his season averages -- 3,647 yards and 21 touchdowns -- until he's 40 years old, he would have 358 touchdown passes and 62,001 passing yards.

Assuming Drew Brees and Tom Brady continue to climb the all-time lists, Flacco would be no worse than fifth all-time in passing yards and within the top 10 in touchdown passes.

And he likely doesn't even need to do that well to garner Hall of Fame consideration. If he reaches 40,000 career yards and 300 touchdowns -- or wins another Super Bowl -- Flacco's resume will look pretty good.

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