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We live in an era when you get a bunt single people question whether or not you’ve used performance enhancing drugs. Steroids and the like are very prominent in all sports. I think the world has accepted it, and is willing to turn a blind eye to it. Just play the game – and try to stay clean.

With that said, there are some athletes that have shown some legit longevity when compared to their peers. Particularly in the NFL where the shelf-life of a player is extremely short. Today, we’ll recognize (sometimes curiously) those athletes that have shown legit longevity.

Hit the jump to see 5 ageless wonders….

5.) Ryan Giggs – Manchester United

No PEDs here my friends. Giggs made his first appearance for the club during the 199091 season and has been a regular player since the 199192 season. Giggs is the most decorated player in English football history. He also holds the club record for competitive appearances.During his time at United, he has won 12 Premier League winner’s medals, four FA Cup winner’s medals, three League Cup winner’s medals and two Champions League winner’s medals.

4.) Omar Vizquel – Toronto Blue Jays

I think it’s safe to say Omar is clean. Currently, Vizquel is the oldest player in the Major Leagues. As of July 2012, Vizquel is the only active player with service time in the 1980s. He is one of only 29 players in baseball history to play in Major League games in four decades. On May 7, 2012, Vizquel became the oldest player to play at shortstop in the Major League history, surpassing Bobby Wallace, who played 12 games with the St. Louis Cardinals at the age of 44 in 1918.

3.) Derek Jeter – New York Yankees

PEDs – I don’t think so, more importantly I pray no. has played 18 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the New York Yankees. A five-time World Series champion, Jeter is regarded as a central figure of the Yankees during their success of the 1990s and 2000s due to his hitting ability, baserunning, and leadership. He is the Yankees’ all-time career leader in hits (3,294), games played (2,568), stolen bases (348), and at bats (10,477). His accolades include thirteen All-Star selections, five Gold Glove Awards, four Silver Slugger Awards, two Hank Aaron Awards, and a Roberto Clemente Award. Jeter is the all-time MLB leader in hits by a shortstop, and the 28th player to reach 3,000 hits.

2.)Ray Lewis – Baltimore Ravens

PEDs – most likely. Drafted by the Ravens in 1996, he has played his entire career for the team, and is the last player remaining from the Ravens’ inaugural season. He has been selected to thirteen Pro Bowls and been named an Associated Press All-Pro ten times. He won the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2000 and 2003; he was the sixth player to win the award multiple times.He was also the second linebacker to win the Super Bowl Most Valuable Player Award and the first linebacker to win the award on the winning Super Bowl team.

1.) Hiroshi Hoketsu – Equestrian

I don’t think we’re talking PEDs here. The Japanese equestrian rider who competed in the 1964 Summer Olympics, finishing 40th in show jumping. Hoketsu also qualified for the 1988 Summer Olympics, but was unable to compete when his horse was quarantined. At the 2008 Summer Olympics on Aug 13, 2008 he finished 9th in the Dressage Team Grand Prix and 35th in the Dressage Individual Grand Prix. In 2012, at the age of 70, Hoketsu won a berth for Japanese representation for the 2012 Summer Olympics in individual dressage and in competition of equestrian at the 2012 Summer Olympics Individual dressage he finished 40th. He was the oldest athlete in the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics. Hoketsu is the oldest Olympian to ever compete for Japan, and is the third oldest Olympian to compete ever, next to shooter Oscar Swahn of Sweden, who won a silver in the 1920 Summer Olympics and Arthur von Pongracz, who competed at age 72 in Dressage in 1936

 

*notes taken from Wikipedia.org





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