49-Year-Old College Football Player Is Playing In First Game As A Freshman

49-year-old Ray Ruschel is older than Tom Brady, but he’s going to be making his college football debut.

Ruschel, an active-duty North Dakota Army National Guard member, is joining the undefeated The North Dakota College of Science Wildcats.

The 49-year-old says everyone on the team has been cool with him.

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“They’ve all been very receptive of me coming in and playing,” Ruschel said. “At first, they thought I was another football coach on our first day of camp. And whenever I got in line for pads, they were like ‘wait a minute, you’re playing?’”

Head coach Eric Issendorf, just a year younger than Ruschel, said he is happy to have him part of the team.

“He’s always in a good mood; he’s always just Ray,” Issendorf said. “He’s always in a good mood, ready to work and do what he can for his teammates.”

Ruschel explained that he just wants to live life and has been having fun playing on the team.

“I want to live life,” he said. “If I had the chance and didn’t take it, I would regret it. I had a chance, and I’m taking it, and I’m living life to the fullest.”

Ruschel said his goals remain simple while looking forward to stopping touchdowns and winning games.

“I’m having a blast playing. Out here with these young kids and actually being able to keep up! I surprise myself,” Ruschel said.

Sounds like a dude living the dream.