I can’t be the only person in the world who is constantly surprised by the age of some of the world’s favorite athletes. Whether they are much younger than I thought, or they are so old that I can’t believe they can still walk without a cane let alone play a professional sport, I am constantly befuddled upon Googling the birthdays of professional athletes.
Part of that might be that I’m generally imbibing when I decide to embark on these Google-sessions on my iPhone, but that’s only a small part of my constant shock.
The thing is that in just about every sport, there are guys that get their start so young that the timeline of their career can seem deceiving. Lebron James started playing in the NBA when he was 18, so despite having been in the league for what seems like an eternity, he is only 31 years old.
The same can go for a guy who came onto the scene a little later than your average star, and is therefore a lot older than you’d expect. For example, hotshot Toronto Blue Jay Josh Donaldson is 30 years old. He wasn’t named to his first All-Star Game until 2014, and won the 2015 AL MVP last at the age of 29. So he may not have been on the radar of as many casual baseball fans as wunderkinds like Mike Trout and Bryce Harper, who were 23 and 22 years old respectively when they won their MVP Awards.
To further prove my point, here are 10 more superstar athletes whose real ages might shock you.