Tom Brady is celebrating his 40th birthday like no one before him.
Having won a fifth NFL championship ring and a fourth Super Bowl MVP at the age of 39, the New England Patriots quarterback has shown no signs of aging even as he inevitably gets older. He’ll turn 40 on Thursday, and fans usually celebrate by singing “Happy Birthday” to him during training camp.
Brady just keeps on going.
Golfers such as Jack Nicklaus and Hale Irwin won majors in their 40s. Bill Shoemaker won the Kentucky Derby at 54. George Foreman was heavyweight champion at 45. But for team sports — especially at a position as important as NFL quarterback — it has been a while since an athlete has been this good this late in life.
Here are some of the active fortysomethings in sports, along with all-time greats whose careers stretched into a fifth decade.
Bartolo Colon, 44, is the oldest active player in the majors. But he is 2-9 with a 7.70 ERA.
Ichiro Suzuki, five months younger, is a reserve outfielder for Miami. Carlos Beltran is a role player at 40, but for the best team in the AL.
None of them is going to make anyone forget Satchel Paige, who, because of the color barrier, didn’t…
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