Notable accomplishments by older athletes

On Sunday, Morgan Shepherd will be racing at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. At 71, Shepherd will become the oldest driver to ever compete in a NASCAR event. Shepherd is not alone, there are other athletes who have gone on to accomplish big things in their “golden years.” Take a look at our list of seasoned athletes.


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Morgan Shepherd, driver of the #89 Racing with Jesus Dodge, sits in his car during qualifying for the NASCAR Nationwide Series Subway Firecracker 250 at Daytona International Speedway on July 5, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images)

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on during a game at the Great Western Forum in Inglewood, California. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Dunn /Allsport

MARTINA NAVRATILOVA OF THE UNITED STATES IN ACTION DURING THE 1993 WIMBLEDON TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS, Mandatory Credit: Chris Cole/ALLSPORT

Nancy Lieberman #10 of the Detroit Shock runs down the court during the game against the Houston Comets at Reliant Arena July 24, 2008 in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2008 (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)

Jack Nicklaus watches his teammates putt on the first hole during the Honda Classic Kenny G Gold Pro-Am at PGA National Resort And Spa on March 3, 2010 in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)

George Foreman raises his arms as he weighs in before the fight against Evander Holyfield at the Trump Plaza in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Mandatory Credit: Rick Stewart /Allsport

Pitcher Satchel Paige, of the St. Louis Browns, poses for a portrait prior to a game against the New York Yankees in 1952 at Yankee Stadium in New York, New York. (Photo by: Kidwiler Collection/Diamond Images/Getty Images)

Pete Rose #14 of the Cincinnati Reds prior to a game against the Chicago Cubs in September 1985 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Ronald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/Getty Images)

Julio Franco #23 of the New York Mets stands ready at bat during the game against the Chicago Cubs on May 14, 2007 at Shea Stadium in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

Dara Torres of the United States stands on the podium after receiving her medal in the Women's 50m Freestyle final held at the National Aquatics Centre during Day 9 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 17, 2008 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

George Blanda #16 of the Oakland Raiders, for being voted American Football player of the year is being presented with the "Bert Bell" award by commissioner Pete Rozelle, not pictured circa 1970 at the Oakland, Coliseum in Oakland, California. Blanda played for the Raiders from 1967-75. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)

Brett Favre #4 of the Minnesota Vikings looks for an open receiver while playing the Green Bay Packers at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on November 21, 2010 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Ric Flair during Wrestle Mania XX at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Djamilla Rosa Cochran/WireImage)

Jamie Moyer #50 of the Colorado Rockies gestures as he works against the San Diego Padres at Coors Field on April 17, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. Moyer became the oldest player in the major leagues to record a win as the Rockies defeated the Padres 5-3. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Gordie Howe #9 of the Detroit Red Wings checks out the curved sticks of Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita of the Chicago Blackhawks before practice on December 7, 1966 at the Detroit Olympia in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by B Bennett/Getty Images)

Danny Almonte of the Rolando Paulino All-Stars Bronx Little League baseball team attends a ceremony honoring the team August 28, 2001 in New York City. Dominican Republic officials said August 31, 2001 that Little League pitcher Danny Almonte is 14 years old, not 12 years old. The finding could strip his team of its third-place finish in the World Series. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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