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Generation gap: 36-year-old Carson Palmer deals with age difference among Cardinals teammates

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Posted at 2:25 PM, Aug 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-03 17:27:32-04

Anyone in their 30s who shares office space with people in their 20s (and vice versa) understands how significant the generational and cultural gap can be between those two age groups.

Carson Palmer understands this as well than anyone.

"Obviously I relate more to Larry (Fitzgerald) and Evan (Mathis) and some of the older guys, Frostee (Rucker) and these guys that were born in the mid-80s that come in the locker room," said the 36-year-old Arizona Cardinals quarterback about the generational gap he experiences as a 14-year NFL player.

For example, 28-year-old tight end Jermaine Gresham recently asked Palmer about a TV show Gresham watched as a kid.

"He asked me a trivia question (about it). I said, 'Dude, I was in high school when that came out.' I wasn't watching Disney movies when I was in high school and you were in fourth grade,'" Palmer said.

"You just have a different connection ... There's just such different backgrounds and references when it comes to things like that."

Palmer said he tends to relate to coaches more than he does some of his teammates, "no matter if the coach is 65 or 40 or whatever it may be," he said.

63-year-old Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said Palmer's age has made their relationship different from those he had with the younger quarterbacks he's coached.

"I always had young guys and brought them up, and you watch them have kids. He came in with three, (now) four," Arians said, making reference to Palmer's fourth child who was born in February.

But don't think there's not the usual player-coach dynamic between Palmer and Arians.

"I yell at him; he don't yell back," Arians said.

"I haven't heard anybody yell back at him and I'm not gonna be the first," Palmer replied.