Top 25 Aging Athletes that Continue(d) To Dominate

Tommy GCorrespondent IApril 7, 2009

Top 25 Aging Athletes that Continue(d) To Dominate

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    DETROIT - JUNE 06: Chris Chelios #24 of the Detroit Red Wings holds up the Stanley Cup during a rally to celebrate winning the 2008 Stanley Cup on June 6, 2008 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

25. Jaime Moyer

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    SEATTLE - APRIL 22:  Pitcher Jaime Moyer #50 of the Seattle Mariners on the mound during the game against the Oakland Athletics on April 22, 2004 at Safeco Field in Seattle, Washington. The A's won 8-2. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

24. Rickey Henderson

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    7 Oct 01:   San Diego Padres outfielder Rickey Henderson #24 awaits the pitch that he would double on for his 3000th hit versus the Colorado Rockies in their game at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California.  The Rockies won 14-5.  DIGITAL IMAGE Mandator

23. Mark Messier

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    TORONTO, ON - NOVEMBER 11:  Mark Messier skates for the Expansion Legends team during the Legends Classic Game on November 11, 2007 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

22. Mario Lemieux

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    PITTSBURGH - SEPTEMBER 27:  Mario Lemieux #66 of the Pittsburgh Penguins skates with the puck against the Columbus Blue Jackets during a preseason NHL game at Mellon Arena on September 27, 2005 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo By Gregory Shamus/Getty I

21. Wayne Gretzky

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    DENVER - JANUARY 2: Managing Partner, Alternate Governor and Head Coach Wayne Gretzky of the Phoenix Coyotes looks on from the bench during the game against the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center on January 02, 2008 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Stev

20. John Stockton & Karl Malone

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    SACRAMENTO, CA - APRIL 30:  (Left to Right) Karl Malone #32 stands next to John Stockton #12 of the Utah Jazz before Game five of the Western Conference Quarterfinals against the Sacramento Kings during the 2003 NBA Playoffs at Arco Arena on April 30, 200

19. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

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    1988-1989:  Center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar of the Los Angeles Lakers looks to shoot the ball during a game at the Great Western Forum in Inglewood, California. Mandatory Credit: Mike Powell  /Allsport

18. Paolo Maldini

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    MILAN, ITALY - JANUARY 28: AC Milandefender Paolo Maldini warms up prior AC Milan v Genoa CFC held at San Siro Stadium on January 28, 2009 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images)

17. Al MacInnis

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    ST. LOUIS - OCTOBER 15:  Defenseman Al MacInnis #2 of the St. Louis Blues plays the puck behind the net against the Carolina Hurricanes during their NHL game on October 15, 2002 at the Savvis Center in St. Louis, Missouri. The Blues beat the Hurricanes 2-

16. Randy Couture

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    LAS VEGAS - FEBRUARY 22:  UFC fighter Randy Couture attends the 'Heatherette' party hosted by celebrity designers Richie Rich and Traver Rains, at Light nightclub, Bellagio  Hotel, February 22, 2006 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Farina/Getty Image

15. Scott Stevens

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    BRONX, NY - JUNE 13:  Defenseman Scott Stevens #4 of the New Jersey Devils poses for a picture with the Stanley Cup before the interleague game between the New York Yankees and the St. Louis Cardinals at Yankee Stadium on June 13, 2003 in the Bronx, New Y

14. Dominik Hasek

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    DETROIT - DECEMBER 7:  Dominic Hasek #39 of the Detroit Red Wings waits for a shot in a game against the Minnesota Wild on December 7, 2007 at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan. The Red Wings defeated the Wild 5-0. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Im

13. Bernard Hopkins

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    LAS VEGAS - APRIL 19:  (L-R) Bernard Hopkins throws a left at the body of Joe Calzaghe of Wales during their light heavyweight bout at Thomas & Mack Center on April 19, 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

12. Morten Andersen

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    ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 30: Kicker Morten Andersen #5 of the Atlanta Falcons warms up before play against the Houston Texans at the Georgia Dome on September 30, 2007 in Atlanta, Georgia.  The Falcons won 26-16.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

11. Martina Navratilova

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    TOKYO - MARCH 15:  Martina Navratilova waves to the audience after playing against Steffi Graf during the Dream Match 2008 at Ariake Colosseum on March 15, 2008 in Tokyo, Japan. Dream Match 2008 is an exhibition where 3 tennis players, Steffi Graf, Kimiko

10. Chris Chelios

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    MONTREAL- SEPTEMBER 30:  Chris Chelios #24 of the Detroit Red Wings skates during the game against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre on September 30, 2008 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  The Canadiens defeated the Red Wings 2-1 in a shootout.  (Phot

9. Richard Petty

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    RICHMOND, VA - MAY 04:  Former NASCAR Champion Richard Petty watches practice for the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Jim Stewart 400 at Richmond International Raceway on May 4, 2007 in Richmond, Virginia.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images for NASCAR)

8. Jack Nicklaus

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    AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 09:  Jack Nicklaus watches a shot during the Par 3 Contest held prior to the start of the 2008 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 9, 2008 in Augusta, Georgia.  (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

7. Jeannie Longo-Ciprelli

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    VARESE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 24:  Jeannie Longo-Ciprelli of France in action in the Elite Women's Time Trial during the 2008 UCI Road World Championships on September 24, 2008 in Varese, Italy.  (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

6. Phil Niekro

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    ANAHEIM, CA - JULY:  Phil Niekro of the Cleveland Indians looks on during practice prior to a game against the California Angels in July of 1986 at Anaheim Stadium in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

5. George Blanda

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    LOS ANGELES - DECEMBER 6:  Hall of Famer and former Raiders quarterback, George Blanda, attends the game between the Buffalo Bills and the Los Angeles Raiders at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on December 6, 1987 in Los Angeles, California.  The Raider

4. Jacques Plante

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3. Nolan Ryan

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    1992:  Pitcher Nolan Ryan of the Texas Rangers winds up for the pitch during spring training. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Daniel  /Allsport

2. George Foreman

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    11 Apr 1992: George Foreman makes a right puch during a fight against Alex Stewart. Mandatory Credit: Holly  Stein  /Allsport

1. Gordie Howe

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    17 Jan 1997:  All-time record setter Gordie Howe enjoys the acclaim of the crowd during  practice with the Heroes of Hockey  team at the San Jose Arena in San Jose, California.  Mandatory Credit: Rick Stewart  /Allsport