Sunday’s game marked 100 consecutive starts for Domata Peko, the longest current run on the Bengals team. He totals 144 starts in his Cincinnati Career, second on the team to Andrew Whitworth with 152.
Cininati writer Jim Owczarski put Peko’s longevity in perspective when he shared that the last time Domata Peko didn’t start a game for the Bengals, Carson Palmer was the quarterback, Chad Ochocinco played receiver and the team hadn’t qualified for the playoffs in three years.
Times sure have changed for the Bengals, and for Peko. They have had five playoff seasons in the last six years and Domata has perfected his Peko Belly Dance after a career high of five sacks.
While his belly dance is a rarity, Peko’s age also makes him a rare breed. Only four players 31 or older are currently starting at an interior defensive line position.
“That’s such a blessing. I would have never thought. When I first got to the NFL and got my first start I was so happy,” Peko said. “To get 100, that’s just a testament to show hard work pays off. Thank God for keeping me safe because people go down like flies in this league.”
Peko is playing some of his best football of his career at 31, and it doesn’t seem like anything is slowing him or his dancing down.
“I just turned 31 and all, but I feel young,” Peko said. “I still feel great. I’m moving around good. Coaches have been saying it’s one of my best years as a Bengal. I guess it’s like a fine wine, the older it gets the better it gets.”
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— Jim Owczarski (@JimOwczarski) January 2, 2016
— Domata Peko (@DomataPeko) January 3, 2016