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7/10/2008 02:13:00 PM
Athletes Who Shined At A Late Age
George Foreman became the oldest man to ever win a heavyweight title when he beat Michael Moorer age 45.
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By Lang Whitaker, SI.com
Dara Torres has been celebrated over the last week for her accomplishments during Olympic qualifying, mostly because she was triumphant at such an advanced age (41). But Torres isn't the only aging athlete to hold their own. Here are our top five athletes who made age look like nothing but a number...
1. George Foreman: I don't care what you say, getting punched in the head numerous times when you're past 40 and still knocking your opponent out is pretty impressive. Also, he invented one of the great indoor grills of all time.
2. Nolan Ryan: Pitched in the majors until he was 46 years old. His last pitch was supposedly clocked near 100 mph.
3. George Blanda: Played 26 seasons in the NFL, retiring at the age of 48.
4. Ric Flair: The Nature Boy finally retired from wrestling last year at a robust 58 years old.
5. Jack Nicklaus: Won the Masters in 1986 at 46 years old.
Who is/was the best aging athlete in sports? Let us know below...
Lang Whitaker is the executive editor of SLAM magazine and writes daily at SLAMonline.com
Not to be that guy, but George didn't invent the grill; he just agreed to hawk it. But do give him credit for being shrewd enough after taking all those punches to realize that while pitchmen can be replaced, as long as his name is on the trademark the checks will keep rolling in.
You mentioned George Foreman but failed to mention MMA Legend Randy Couture. Not only does he have to dodge punches like Foreman but also kicks, elbows, knees, and submission attempts. An amaziing athelete to say the least
hate to be harsh but George Foreman did not invent the George Foreman Grill. Michael Boehm invented the Grill(of course he worked for a manufacturer based in taiwan) which was originally named the Short Order Grill. They paid Foreman 40% of sales for his name and eventually he sold his name for over 125 million.
I don't see how you could have forgoten Gordie Howe, Mr. Hockey played pro hockey for 36 years and still suited up when he was 51. He was even productive at that age (15 goals and played in all of the games) and he even got to play on the same team as his two sons.
Um, ever heard of Martina Navratilova? Won her last (or, perhaps, her most recent) Grand Slam title, in Mixed Doubles, at the 2006 US Open at the age of 49. Only one of the other three players on the court had even been born when she won her first Grand Slam title in 1975.
Satchel Paige was finally accepted into the majors at the age of 42. Was selected for the All Star Game at 46 years old and pitched his last game at age 59 pitching 3 innings and giving up just 1 hit and 0 runs. He's got to be a shoe-in on the list.
Yeah, Satchel Paige that is a very good look. He was so dominate in the Negro leagues, and when he made it to the Majors was still blazing. I like Randy Couture also. Sickest wrestler ! Also Randall Cunningham. He had his best season in 1998 at the ripe age of 35 when he led the league in passer rating with a 106. 35 might seem too old but it's ancient for QB standards.
Oh, and what about Bernard Hopkins? He won his first World title at the age of 30 and didn't loose a fight for the next 10 years! He then beat the crap out of Winky Wright at the age of 43! That old man still can through it with the best of them.
About the grill...Hulk Hogan said on his show that his agent gave him a call to tell him that he had his choice of 2 items to place his name on to sell, except he didn't get the message in time, so they gave George first pick. George picked the grill, Hogan got stuck with a blender that didn't sell well.
If things played out differently, you could be eating a hamburger cooked on your Hulk Hogan Leg Drop Out The Fat Grill instead of the George Foreman Knock Out The Fat Grill.
Juan Manual Fangio won his first Formula One World Champion in 1951 at the age of forty. He went on to dominate the 1950s, winning 24 of 51 Grands Prix and four more World Championships, his last at the age of 46.
What about Griffey Jr.? He's getting up there in years, and though he's not exactly well loved by Reds fans (of whom I am one) he has just hit home run 606 without his name ever being mentioned in the whole steroids debaucle. He's always shined, of course, but he stands out now as one of the indisputable greats...