Some athletes just don’t slow down. Typically, by the time most elite athletes hit their mid-30s, things begin to deteriorate. As they become older, their body finds it tougher to recover and perform to the same level as before. However, that isn’t the case for every athlete. Some age like fine wine and are almost even better than they were before. They’re not common, but that’s what makes them fascinating.
So today, we’re going to take a look at 40 athletes who shone over the age of 40. Each one of these sports stars is an inspiration. They showed much younger stars that age is just a number. In short, it’s amazing what self-discipline and dedication can do to prolong a career. Check out the list via Men’s Journal.
40. Drew Brees
What an NFL career Brees had. The New Orleans Saints icon was one of the best quarterbacks in the league throughout his long record-setting career. A Super Bowl champion in 2009, it’s easy to forget that the 13-time Pro Bowler started his career with the San Diego Chargers. At the age of 42, Brees is rumored to finally decide to walk away. But he was still productive even over the age of 40 for New Orleans.
Brees is the NFL’s all-time leader in passing yards and pass completions. A two-time NFL Offensive Player of the Year, Brees was incredibly effective. He managed to stand out during an era of amazing quarterbacks like Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, and Matt Ryan. In 2018, at the age of 40, he finished second in the MVP award vote. He deserves respect for this and also his charitable efforts off of the field.