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By Ryan Peterson - bio | email

LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) -   Their best days are behind them.  But members of the East Texas Outlaws refuse to let the sunset on their football careers.

"You just watch these young kids in college and you just remember how fun it was when you played," said 24 year old Martin Cerda.  "You just want to experience it again."

Some have more experience then others.  Players on the semipro team range in age from 19 years old to 41.

"I didn't know if I could keep up with younger guys," said 38 year old Alvin Thomas. "I played the whole game."

Despite his age, Thomas won't hang up his helmet.  He's not playing for money. There is none.  He just can't walk away.

"After my high school years, I went to college and didn't play ball," said Thomas.  "I got out and something was missing.  It's just the love of the game. I just love being on the football field. It's in my blood."

They better love the game.  These guys pay the price.

"You wake up with bruises on body parts you don't remember having," said Cerda.  "So it's quite the experience the next day after the game."

"It's real hard at 38," said Thomas.  "It takes me two days to where I can get back and practice."

The outlaws are always back.  Ready for more.

"I know I don't have the physical abilities an NFL player has," said Cerda.  "I'm just out here to have fun and enjoy it."

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