Not Over the Hill Yet: Athletes Over 40 with Major Contributions

Lee W.Correspondent IApril 18, 2009

Not Over the Hill Yet: Athletes Over 40 with Major Contributions

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    1989:  Pitcher Nolan Ryan of the Texas Rangers throws the ball. Mandatory Credit: Rick Stewart  /Allsport

10. Eamonn Coghlan runs the mile in less than 4 minutes

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    HELSINKI - AUGUST 14:  Eamonn Coghlan of Ireland raises his arms in the air as he crosses the line to win the 5000 Metres final during the 1983 World Championships held on August 14, 1983 at the Olympic Stadium, in Helsinki, Finland. (Photo by Steve Powel

9. Dara Torres qualifies for Olympics at 41

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    AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 05:  Dara Torres after winning the Women's 50 LC Meter Freestyle during day one of the 2009 USA Swimming Austin Grand Prix on March 5, 2009 at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center in Austin, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Get

8. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar wins NBA title at 40

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    1989:  KAREEM ABDUL JABBAR OF THE LOS ANGELES LAKERS. Mandatory Credit: Tim Defrisco/ALLSPORT

7. Hank Aaron breaks home run record at age 40

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    COOPERSTOWN, NY - JULY 27:  Baseball legend and Hall of Famer Hank Aaron looks on at Clark Sports Center prior to the Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony on July 27, 2008 in Cooperstown, New York.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

6. Martina Navratilova wins Grand Slam Title a month before her 50th Birthday

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    NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 09:  Martina Navratilova holds the trophy after her and Bob Bryan defeated Kveta Peschke and Martin Damm of the Czech Republic to win the mixed doubles final during the U.S. Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in

5. Darrell Green retires at 42 with at least one interception a season for 19 years

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    28 Oct 2001 : Darrell Green of the Washington Redskins during the game against the New York Giants at Fed Ex Field in Landover, Maryland. The Redskins won 35-21. DIGITAL IMAGE. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Squire/Allsport

4. Jack Nicklaus wins Masters at 46 and Places sixth at Masters at 56

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    MONTREAL, QC - SEPTEMBER 26:  U.S. Team Captain Jack Nicklaus chats with the media about the first day's player pairings prior to the start of The Presidents Cup at The Royal Montreal Golf Club on September 26, 2007 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  (Photo by

3. George Foreman knocks out 26-year old Michael Moorer at age 45

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    5 Nov 1994:  George Foreman (left) and Michael Moorer trade blows during a bout in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Foreman won the fight with a 10th round knockout. Mandatory Credit: Holly Stein  /Allsport

2. Nolan Ryan wins 53 combinded outings from age 41-45

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    1990:  Pitcher Nolan Ryan of the Texas Rangers throws the ball. Mandatory Credit: Joe Patronite  /Allsport

1.George Blanda leads Raiders to 5 comeback wins in a row at 43

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    LOS ANGELES - NOVEMBER 11:  Hall of Famer and former Raiders quarterback, George Blanda, attends a game between the Green Bay Packers and the Los Angeles Raiders at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on November 11, 1990 in Los Angeles, California.  The Pa