The New Orleans Saints pride themselves on being one of the best teams in the NFC year in and year out. You do not achieve a status like that without some key leaders on both sides of the ball on and off of the field.
Typically you get that lead out of veteran players.
However, there are times when younger guys step up to take the lead and do it with pride. For example, only in his fourth-year, wide receiver Michael Thomas was a big leader on the offense this year.
This just goes to show that age doesn’t always equal leadership capability, but age does give you more insight into the game and the mind of a professional football player.