'Old' Athletes Who Are Still More Athletic Than You

Nick Dimengo@@itsnickdimengoFeatured ColumnistMay 8, 2013

'Old' Athletes Who Are Still More Athletic Than You

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    There aren't too many people we know that really like announcing that they're getting older. For whatever reason, the fear of losing some hair or watching it turn gray terrifies folks.

    But just because the digits keep increasing doesn't necessarily mean one has to feel their age.

    Just look at these "old" athletes who continue to prove that age is nothing but a number, and they're careers that can stand the test of time.

Derek Fisher

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    What is it about the Thunder's Derek Fisher that keeps him so young?

    The 38-year-old point guard who has won five NBA titles in his 17 seasons still looks like he could play another 10 years if he really wanted to.

    Restricted to more of a role player who hangs out around the perimeter to knock down the biggest of shots, 'Fish' is still one of the feistiest and craftiest vets in the league, while also proving he still has some athleticism.

Ichiro Suzuki

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    It's actually pretty astonishing that Ichiro Suzuki has been in the Majors for 13 seasons and is 39-years-old already, because we feel like he's still the phenomenon that won both the A.L. MVP and Rookie of the Year in 2001.

    Blessed with world-class speed, he isn't as much of a menace on the base paths as he once was in his career, but with over 2,500 MLB hits and a career .322 average, Ichiro can still grind.

Daniel Alfredsson

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    When a team is looking for the right captain, they're typically hoping to find someone with not only great leadership and skill, but one who can inspire his teammates at the same time.

    If those are the requirements to successfully earn the "C" on one's sweater, than there might not be one better than the 40-year-old Daniel Alfredsson for the Senators.

    After notching 10 goals and 16 helpers this season, the Swede is still sharpening his skates amongst a younger generation that he's showing a thing or two about longevity.

Jason Giambi

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    Just a few months ago, Jason Giambi was actually being interviewed for the Rockies managerial position.

    After missing out on the gig and getting a spring training invite to Indians camp, the former A.L. MVP took full advantage of the opportunity and made the big league squad for his 19th season.

    At 42-years-old, he's no longer an everyday player, but with pop still left in his bat, he can bop a couple homers here and there.

Angel Cabrera

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    Though golf might not be the most physically demanding sport out there, it still requires athleticism to be able to endure the mental and physical toll of a four-day tournament, and the 43-year-old Angel Cabrera has enough of it to perform at a high level.

    With two Major titles to his credit already, "The Duck" continues to entertain with his zeal and charisma each time he takes the course.

    runner-up finish in this year's Masters proved that he's not afraid of the younger guns on tour.

Jason Kidd

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    Admittedly, Jason Kidd isn't what he was just a few years ago when he was still notching his usual triple-doubles and helping lead the Mavericks to a NBA title, but even at 40-years-old, he still has more athleticism than any of us.

    Kidd was once considered to be the best point guard in the league, so just because he's lost a step as Father Time has grabbed hold of him, his smarts and skill haven't just evaporated into thin air.

Steve Nash

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    39-year-old Steve Nash may have had a forgettable first season for the Lakers this year, but based off his conditioning and agility, he's still in great shape to bounce back next season.

    The two-time league MVP says he's far from retiring, meaning even if his body might not be able to do the things it once could, he's still a better option than some of the other guys out there.

Teemu Selanne

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    Even though the Ducks' Teemu Selanne is 42-years-old, he continued to prove this season why he's so valuable to have on a team.

    Playing in 46 of the Pacific Division champs' 48 games, Selanne recorded 12 goals and 12 assists, only proving he's not ready to slow down anytime soon.

David Beckham

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    Want to know what it's like to be a world-class soccer player as David Beckham's been over his 20-plus years on a pitch? Go run for 90 minutes straight every fourth or fifth day, pushing yourself through cross-training in-between the days without a match.

    Hard to believe that Becks just turned 38-years-old, but he seems like he could play at a high level for another five years if he wanted to.

Butterbean

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    For all us guys who spend hours in the gym to try and be ripped, Butterbean proves why one doesn't have to be cut-up to kick ass.

    Not only is the boxer absolutely gigantic, but at 46-years-old, he would still absolutely put anyone he wants to to shame.

    He may not beat any of us in a foot race, but if he ever did catch up, he'd have the skill to knock us out with one blow.

Kevin Garnett

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    It seems like only yesterday that Kevin Garnett was just a scrawny high schooler, taking over the league with an unexpected mix of athleticism, strength and size.

    Now 36, 'KG' may not be the same player who won a league MVP nine seasons ago, but seeing that he's made the All-Star team in all but two seasons dating back to 1997, it's clear he's still got the game (and respect) of his peers.

Ed Reed

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    There might be a ton of mileage and the body of Ed Reed—as proven by his most recent hip surgery—but the new Houston Texan could absolutely still bury you in anything you challenged him to athletically.

    With a Super Bowl victory last season, it would have been easy for Reed to join former teammate and defensive leader Ray Lewis by getting his AARP card, but the safety still has plenty of game left, even at 34.

Paul Pierce

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    Just like his aforementioned teammate Garnett, Paul Pierce still plays at the highest of levels, constantly putting the Celtics on his back to lead them to victory, while remaining to be an All-Star caliber player—as evidenced by his invite in all but one season over the past 11 seasons.

    Nicknamed "The Truth," it seems that Pierce gives it to us honestly that he can still outperform most guys in the Association, even at 35-years-old.

Jaromir Jagr

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    We really miss the days when Jaromir Jagr used to have the killer mullet, but even though he's lost the great mane, he's proven that at 41 he's still a force to be reckoned with on the ice.

    With 16 goals and 19 assists between the Stars and Bruins this season, Jagr looks like he can skate for a couple more years—mullet or not.

Kobe Bryant

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    Even after racking up more than 55,000 minutes in his career (including playoffs), limping around on a bum Achilles tendon and being 34-years-old wouldn't prevent 'Vino' from doing anything more athletically than you.

    No joke, dude could out jump you on the one good leg he actually does have.

Andy Pettitte

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    Need to know how unbelievable Andy Pettitte's career has been? Just read this article about his many postseason stats (written two years ago) to see why he should be considered as one of the best pitchers of our generation.

    Now 40-years-old, the crafty lefty would absolutely be our choice if we had one game to win in a series-decider right now—yes, even over guys like Verlander or Clayton Kershaw.

    Pettitte continues to perform at a high level, even if no one knows how he's doing it.

Ryan Giggs

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    Ryan Giggs is good enough to have one of the best soccer managers in history (Sir Alex Ferguson) to refer to him as a "unique freak," when describing the longtime Manchester United midfielder.

    Coming off his 13th EPL title, the 39-year-old Giggs is still a playmaker and integral part of 'The Red Devils,' making him someone who can absolutely put some of the younger athletes to shame.

Bob Burnquist

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    In a sport that's dominated by a younger generation, 36-year-old Bob Burnquist continues to show that an old guy can more than keep up.

    Holding down numerous records, medals and just overall swag in the action sports community, Burnquist will try any trick that most of us wouldn't even imagine doing, yet somehow lands them.

Tim Duncan

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    Raise your hand if you had the 37-year-old Tim Duncan having a breakout season this year?

    Chances are there are few (if any) arms touching sky right now.

    Helping guide the Spurs to the playoffs for a record consecutive 16th year, Duncan nearly averaged a double-double, only solidifying his status among the greatest power forwards in NBA history.

Mariano Rivera

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    There aren't too many 43-year-old guys around that can reach back and hurl a baseball in the low to mid-90s.

    Then again, there aren't too many guys that are like Mariano Rivera either.

    The best closer the game has ever seen has overcome a lot in the past year, yet continues to deliver every time "Enter Sandman" blasts through the stadium speakers.