The sports media seem strangely desperate to label anyone over the age of 30 completely washed up.
There's a chance that I'm a bit oversensitive on this particular issue, being just a shade over 30 myself, but I'm pretty sure that it's true—at least to a certain extent.
There are some younger guys who get the "has been" label, but usually it's well-deserved. It generally comes from a lack of desire, heart, intensity or just an inability to translate their college/junior game to the pros.
Whatever the reason, though, it's better than just being called old.
There are plenty of guys in their 30s, even their late 30s, who have been written off and left for dead. Some of them are written off after a single game, only to be labeled the comeback of the year after the very next game! There's no rhyme or reason.
Let's take a look at 20 "washed up" figures in sports who are anything but washed up.