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15 Athletes Who Are Too Old for Their Own Good

Athletes Who Are Too Old for Their Own Good

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Getting older is something that everyone has to deal with. Even athletes. Unfortunately, not all athletes stay in their prime. Some athletes retire when they should and others stick around in their beloved sport for way too long. With that in mind, let’s take a look at 15 athletes who are too old for their own good.

Steve Nash, NBA

Steve Nash
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Steve Nash, NBA

Steve Nash
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Steve Nash has definitely seen better days. He seems to be injured all of the time and him coming to the Lakers did not work out whatsoever. He had one heck of a career, but it is time to call it quits.

Kevin Garnett, NBA

Kevin Garnett
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Kevin Garnett, NBA

Kevin Garnett
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KG has been in the league for a very, very long time. This past season, he only averaged 6.5 points per game and 6.6 rebounds per game. Both numbers are way below his career averages of 18.6 points per game and 10.3 rebounds per game. Did I mention that Kevin Garnett has been in the league for almost 20 years now?

Chauncey Billups, NBA

Chauncey Billups
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Chauncey Billups, NBA

Chauncey Billups
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Chauncey Billups used to be the man. Now he is just a 37-year-old who can’t seem to give up the game he loves. But hey, if he is fine with averaging 3.8 points per game and 2.2 assists per game, then so be it.

Vince Carter, NBA

Vince Carter
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Vince Carter, NBA

Vince Carter
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Vince Carter still has some life in him, but he is nowhere near being the player that he used to be, which is sad. Carter used to be a dunking machine. Simply put, he’s not anymore.

Antawn Jamison, NBA

Antawn Jamison
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Antawn Jamison, NBA

Antawn Jamison
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Antawn Jamison is almost averaging 20 points per game for his career. You could say that he didn’t even come close to that mark this past season (3.8 points per game). I understand that professional athletes have a great amount of passion for their sport, but Jamison is not getting any younger. Or better.

Andre Miller, NBA

Andre Miller
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Andre Miller, NBA

Andre Miller
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I swear I am not trying to pick on NBA players. Andre Miller’s minutes have dwindled over the past few years, and so has his production.

Jason Giambi, MLB

Jason Giambi
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Jason Giambi, MLB

Jason Giambi
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I hope everyone can agree with me on this one. Mr. Giambi is 43. If age wasn’t enough, let’s just take a look at his stats this year: .128 batting average, two home runs, five RBIs. Talking about being productive (sarcasm).

Ichiro Suzuki, MLB

Ichiro Suzuki
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Ichiro Suzuki, MLB

Ichiro Suzuki
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Ichiro Suzuki will always be remembered for being a hitting machine. The man did have 262 hits in one season, which is a record. However, the 40-year-old should probably join Derek Jeter in retiring after this season.

Raul Ibanez, MLB

Raul Ibanez
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Raul Ibanez, MLB

Raul Ibanez
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I’ll give Raul Ibanez credit for sticking it out this long, but the man is already 42. His .167 batting average this season isn’t pretty to look at either.

Derek Jeter, MLB

Derek Jeter
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Derek Jeter, MLB

Derek Jeter
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Derek Jeter is calling it quits after this season, so at least there is that. He’s 40 and has been playing in the MLB for many, many years. I wish him the best, but he makes this list for the simple fact that he is definitely not the same player he used to be.

Matt Hasselbeck, NFL

Matt Hasselbeck
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Matt Hasselbeck, NFL

Matt Hasselbeck
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Matt Hasselbeck used to be a pretty good starting quarterback in the NFL. That is definitely not the case anymore for the 38-year-old.

Charles Woodson, NFL

Charles Woodson
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Charles Woodson, NFL

Charles Woodson
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Charles Woodson has been in the NFL for a very long time (17 years). It wouldn’t be a surprise if Woodson hung up the cleats after this season or the next.

Tim Thomas, NHL

Tim Thomas
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Tim Thomas, NHL

Tim Thomas
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Who knows where Tim Thomas will end up next season, but the goaltender is already 40. He won a Stanley Cup with the Boston Bruins once upon a time ago, but he is not a Stanley Cup type of goalie anymore.

Jaromir Jagr, NHL

Jaromir Jagr
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Jaromir Jagr, NHL

Jaromir Jagr
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It is amazing to think that Jaromir Jagr is still in the league. Jagr is still relatively productive, but the 42-year-old is not even close to being the same player that he used to be. 67 points may seem like a good number to some — in some senses it is — but Jagr put up 149 points in the 1995-96 season. That was a long time ago.

Martin Brodeur, NHL

Martin Brodeur
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Martin Brodeur, NHL

Martin Brodeur
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Martin Brodeur will go down as one of the best goalies of all time. There is no doubt about that. He is no longer starting material, though, and it would just be weird seeing him on a different team.

Trevor Lowry is a Content Associate at RantSports.com. If you’re a tweeter feel free to follow him @TheTrevorLowry or add him to your network on Google.