In the world of athletics, there are certain athletes who transcend time and defeat age through sheer athleticism and determination.
Most achieve this through hours upon hours of practice and training, their will to compete at the highest level like a fire raging within.
This year has spawned a resurgence of 37 year old Shaquille O'Neal, and a Super Bowl appearance for the aging Kurt Warner. But there are others. I had to narrow down the field to a top few, and I decided on 11 who have stood the test of time.
Left off my final list were such athletes as Phillies pitcher, Jamie Moyer who is still a good pitcher and turned 46 last year. Warner and O'Neal, though great in the waning days of their respective sports, did not make my top 11, though they were close.
Others who could make anybody's top list of athletes who succeeded beyond expectations at an old age include basketball's Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and John Stockton, cyclists Keith Bontrager and Marla Streb, Ultimate Fighting champion Randy Couture, and race car drivers Mark Martin and Ken Schrader.
Even the great Satchel Paige, who pitched until around 60, didn't make my cut--though a strong argument could be made for his inclusion. There are many more whose courage and drive to excel kept them at or near the top, long after their best days were behind them.
This list, this top 11, is a tribute, not only to the eleven, but to all who strive with every ounce of courage and strength they possess to better themselves, and to succeed one more time. I hope you enjoy it.