This will be the 20th season of football at Brookwood Community Stadium, but Jason Elam graduated before it was built.
If the Atlanta Falcons kicker needed a reminder that he is getting up there in age, that certainly qualifies.
"At 39, I'm not going to be able to do this forever," Elam said.
But the three-time Pro Bowl choice remains one of the NFL's most accurate kickers and his return to Brookwood will bring back a lot of memories.
Although Brookwood played its home games at Parkview in the early years, Elam used to practiced where the stadium is now and he has been back to work out there many times through the years.
"I'm excited about it," Elam said about tonight's Falcons Friday Night Lights scrimmage. "I really should be a lot of fun.
"Who would have ever thought Brookwood would have something like this back when I played? We didn't even have our own stadium then."
Elam should get to do plenty of kicking tonight, making up for not having his own place to play way back when. As part of the scrimmage last year at Mill Creek, the Falcons worked on catching punts under the lights. This time, there will be extra work on something else.
"We're going to do the field goal block to let Jason get in some kicks back at his old high school," Falcons coach Mike Smith said.
"I thought Coach Smith would make sure I got in plenty of work," Elam said, chuckling a little.
"But I'll love it. It will be a lot of fun. I spent hours and hours and hours on the field kicking and dreaming about maybe being in the NFL some day."
The Elam connection helped in getting the scrimmage at Brookwood. But Smith also knew of Brookwood from his days as a college recruiter and had developed a relationship with former Broncos coach Dave Hunter.
"Coach Smith asked me right after the scrimmage at Mill Creek last year if I thought Brookwood might be interested," Elam said. "Of course, Coach Hunter jumped at that."
As much as Elam is excited about rekindling that high school connection, what really has him enthused is Atlanta's chances this season. Little was expected last year in Elam's first season back home, but the team went 11-5. This year, the expectations are high.
"We've got our swagger back," Elam said of the Falcons. "I think we're going to do great things. We aren't far away from doing something pretty special."
Elam didn't mention the Super Bowl. But there is no question that he thinks that is a possibility and he knows what kind of team it takes.
Elam played on two Super Bowl championship teams with Denver and his 51-yard field goal is the second longest in Super Bowl history.
Of course, it isn't just the Super Bowl records that Elam finds himself listed in. His 63-yard regular-season field goal is tied for the longest ever in the NFL, and he is fifth all-time in total points and field goals. He has had at least 100 points in each of his 16 seasons - a record.
In his first season with Atlanta after 15 in Denver, Elam was every bit as good as ever. He connected on 29 of 31 field goal attempts, didn't miss an extra point and pushed his total of game-winning field goals to 23.
Most impressive yet, Elam did it all while battling a sore hip almost all season.
"I feel way better," Elam said of his present health. "At the very first practice last year I messed up my calf and that went into my hip. I just never really felt good. But now I feel better than I have in a long time. I'm kicking the ball really well."
Elam began making his offseason home in Alaska a couple of years ago, so he is away from his teammates from the end of the season until it is time for training camp to begin. But that doesn't mean that Elam neglects his year-round work.
"I do all the workouts and kick a lot," he said. "Where we live isn't that cold, not like most people think. We're not in an igloo or anything.
"I didn't get back here until the week before camp, but I'm ready to go. I just have to knock a little of the rust off. We are all excited about getting started. This could really be a season to remember."
SideBar: THE ELAM FILE
· Who: Jason Elam
· Team: Atlanta Falcons
· Position: Kicker
n Age: 39
· Size: 5-foot-11, 195 pounds
· Years pro: 17 (15 with Denver and two with Atlanta)
· College: Hawaii
· High School: Brookwood (class of 1988)
· NFL highlights: Won two Super Bowl titles with Denver. ... Tied the league record for longest field goal with a 63-yarder at Denver in 1998. ... His 51-yard field goal is the second-longest ever in the Super Bowl. ... Ranks fifth all-time in field goals and points scored. ... Has reached 100 points in each of his 16 seasons, which is a record. ... Has made 23 game-winning kicks.
· Did you know? Makes his offseason home in Soldotna, Alaska, with his wife, Tammy, sons Jason Jr. (10) and Joshua Matthew (6), and daughters Jordan Noel (9) and Julianna (6). Children are home schooled.