Some athletes catch fire and fizzle out before you can even feel the heat.
Others blink off and on like old streetlights—brief and sporadic flashes of brilliance, but never consistent enough to illuminate the space.
But then there are the torches—the rare athletes whose ability and inner-fire continue to smolder long after many of their peers have hit the showers and changed into their ESPN analyst suits.
Granted, almost no one can play professional sports to the ripe old age of 50—injuries happen, muscles break down and joints wear out.
But the following is a group of the athletes currently playing at the professional level who have the determination, durability and physical talent that makes it seem like they could keep playing long past the age where most athletes would retire.
They have the talent, drive and the unique intangibles to keep their heads and bodies in the game.
And we wouldn’t be surprised to see a team take a chance on them if they played long enough to near the big 5-0.