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Old duffers who still get it done


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People who are getting on in their respective profession that are still very much at the top of their game. There are a lot of people who carry on with things past their prime, but those who haven't lost a step are less common. Case in point: 

1 hour ago, Gus Mears said:

Very much enjoy old gits in sport still getting it done. In addition to swapping shirts with the son of former team mate Lillan Thuram, 200 year old Gigi Buffon busted out this save for PSG yesterday.

 

Away from the world of sport, the other one that leaps to mind for me is Christopher Plummer. Still doing several films a year, picked up an Academy Award in his 80's and is now pushing 90. Bloke is a machine. 

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Bernard Hopkins later years in boxing were pretty incredible. For years Hopkins overly defensive style bored fans to tears but the final few years of his career he's re-invented himself as The Alien and fans couldn't help but sit back and admire the fact that between the ages of 45 and 50 years of age the guy was fighting & winning at the very highest level, and he was doing it by using technical savvy and veteran tactics whilst giving up obvious physical advantages just had to be respectedImage result for bernard hopkins the alien

It all finally caught up with him at 51 and walking into a bloke named Joe Smith who ended his career pretty emphatically but it was a hell of a run.

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Boxing has some really good shouts. The return of George Foreman in his relative dotage and becoming (partial) world champion is one of my favourite stories in sport. Hopkins is even more impressive.

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He was never what you'd call great in the ring, but when Mick McManus died and the truth about his date of birth came out, it was pretty amazing to realise he was already in his 40s when he started the Jackie Pallo feud, was gone 55 when he started doing "pass the torch" matches, and was still on TV working with the future Tiger Mask when he'd passed 60.

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Roger Federer.

A good few years ago, it seemed him and Nadal had started to age and the younger Djokovic and Murray were about to take over as the dominant duo in men's tennis. For a while that was the case, and then after a 5 year drought last year he won two grand slams. He followed that up by winning the Australian Open earlier this year, aged 36.

Ok, he's not an old duffer in real life terms, but in the modern tennis world he's a granddad. He's also arguably the greatest player AND ambassador the sport has seen. At 37 he's currently ranked 2nd in the world, whilst a broken down Andy Murray is ranked outside the top 300 and Djokovic - despite winning Wimbledon - just scrapes the top 10. Him and Rafa have won 6 of the past 7 grand slams between them.

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10 hours ago, Gus Mears said:

People who are getting on in their respective profession that are still very much at the top of their game. There are a lot of people who carry on with things past their prime, but those who haven't lost a step are less common. Case in point: 

Away from the world of sport, the other one that leaps to mind for me is Christopher Plummer. Still doing several films a year, picked up an Academy Award in his 80's and is now pushing 90. Bloke is a machine. 

Amazing fact about Buffon.. he's playing football theses days with the sons of players he's played with ..

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10 hours ago, bAzTNM#1 said:

I know it's only the Scottish Premier League but Kenny Miller was still leading the line at 40 for Rangers last season. Manager of Livingston now.

Not any more! https://stv.tv/sport/football/1427806-kenny-miller-leaves-role-as-livingston-player-manager/

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