Jokesters: J.T. Barrett the Saints’ new old man

Jokes about J.T. Barrett's age may never get old. INSTAGRAM
Jokes about J.T. Barrett's age may never get old. INSTAGRAM

By BILLY JOE JESSUP

I saw a thread on the RedditCFB Twitter account that joked about J.T. Barrett’s age after the former Ohio State star quarterback signed a rookie free-agent contract with the New Orleans Saints.

Basically, the sarcastic messages are that he’s really old, older than the Saints’ Drew Brees, who is 39.

This is satire at its purest.

The replies to that hilarious post are as inspired as “nice veteran presence.”

I’m still not convinced he isn’t gonna be the week one starter for OSU despite having been their starter since 1983.

Have to imagine they’ll be upset when he retires after next year. not all 40 year olds can keep playing QB at an elite level like Tom Brady.

Yeah those knees are like 80 years old.
Nice he can get a contract to ride out until he can collect Social Security.
Even a mostly serious 2017 preseason story about Barrett, this from landof10.com nine months ago, can crack wise about his age.
 J.T. Barrett has learned to make a joke about his age. “I’ve been here a minute now,” the Ohio State quarterback said with a smile. “Everybody has a different path.”

Actually, every minute since 2013. Here’s more from the story.

By just about any standard, of course, the redshirt senior is a young man. But graded against the lifespan of a college athlete — particularly a multiyear starter for the Buckeyes — Barrett definitely qualifies as an old guy.

When it was pointed out to him that Tate Martell, the fresh face in his quarterbacks room, was in the eighth grade when Barrett enrolled at Ohio State, that realization brought another grin.

I’ll try my hand at a joke. When Ernest Hemingway was writing “The Old Man and the Sea,” he thought of J.T. Barrett.
For the record, Barrett is 23 years old

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Written by Billy Joe Jessup

Billy Joe Jessup, 66, is a Mississippi good old boy who saw himself as the Southern Richard Meltzer back in 1974 and 1975. Jessup wrote two satiric sports articles for the rock music magazine Zoo World when he was in his early 20s, but ZW rejected his third article, killing his confidence so much that he battled writer's block for more than four decades until his Guy Hut breakthrough in March 2018.