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Erickson (And NFL) Provide New Perspective On Aging In America

July 19, 2017

The National Football League (NFL) is characterized by statistics. For instance, Washington Redskins quarterback Jason Campbell has passed for over 2,000 yards in the 10 games he has played this year. Joe Namath of the New York Jets had the first 4,000-yard passing season. The late Johnny Unitas of the Baltimore Colts holds the record for most consecutive games (47) throwing a touchdown pass. And Dan Marino of the Miami Dolphins holds the career record for most yards passing (61,361).

Now comes another statistic: Every 10.9 seconds another American turns 60 years of age, according to Erickson Retirement Communities and The Erickson School at University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC).

Put in NFL context: A total of 11 people in the United States turn 60 years of age during each two-minute drill of an NFL game. Or…a total of 704 people turn 60 years of age during an NFL season's combined two-minute drills for all games. Or… a total of 2,112 people in the United States turn 60 years of age in the course of each NFL game. This means that a total of 473,088 people in the United States turn 60 years of age during an NFL 16-game season.

"Believe It, or Not."

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