Pat Benson: Athletes And The #AgeChallenge

Saturday, July 20, 2019 - by Pat Benson

The newest viral sensation swept across the sports world as professional athletes took part in the #AgeChallenge by using the “Face app” to see what they would look like in their 70’s and 80’s. Some players reveled in the humor, while others seem genuinely distressed. Now that we know what they will look like, I’m going to take a stab at what their resume will look like by that time.

NFL

Tom Brady – The GOAT of the NFL will surely age better than what the app predicted. His monk-like dedication to his fitness routine and patented TB12 diet will keep him looking like a Michigan student for years to come.

After locking up his 8th NFL Super Bowl in 2021, Brady will finally call it a career. Following his retirement from the game, he joins the Patriots front office and continues to terrorize the AFC East for decades to come. 

Drew Brees – The all-time leader in passing yards and touchdowns will go down as the most popular Saint of all time. Brees connection with the city of New Orleans, which was built during the recovery after Hurricane Katrina, will be cemented when he is swept into the Mayor’s office in 2035. 

Odell Beckham – Thanks to a great working relationship with Baker Mayfield, Odell will finish his career with just over 15,000 receiving yards, 115 touchdowns, and 1 Super Bowl win.
Some players just feel bigger than their sport. Odell’s love for fashion will only grow after his playing days are over. By 2060, the haberdasher will be best known for his fashion lines and influence on the runway. 

NBA

Steph Curry – The face app was a little harsh on the baby-faced assassin. In his 70’s Steph will have enjoyed a long and successful career in the NBA. All-time leader in 3 pointers made, top-8 in all time points, and four rings.

After retirement, Steph spent ample amount of time on the golf course and co-starring in cooking shows with his wife Ayesha. In the year 2040 he is called back to the game, this time as the NBA Commissioner. 

Lebron James – I expect Lebron to age like his favorite fine wine. By the year 2050, Lebron will still be in the GOAT debate as he will have won four rings, passed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in most points scored, and be the only player to play alongside his son (Bronny) in the league.

But his achievements on the court will only be half the story. The philanthropist/businessman will have multiple “iPromise” schools responsible for getting tens of thousands of kids in to college. When he isn’t dabbling in movies and music, King James will be sitting courtside in Cleveland watching the Cavs as the franchise owner.

MLB

Bryce Harper – When Bryce’s mega contract finally concludes he might look as old as he does in the face app. So how will the 13-year deal pan out? Not bad actually. During the last half of his contract, approximately $25 million a year will be a bargain for the fan favorite who climbed in to the top-10 for all-time home runs (over 600). 

Christian Yelich – It’s hard to imagine the wunderkind looking like a grizzled color commentator for a Midwestern minor-league team. Yelich will finish his career with his favorite team from childhood, the Los Angeles Dodgers. Knocking out 450 home runs, 15 All-Star appearances, and 3 MVP awards. 

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Pat Benson is a fixture at local high school sporting events. He has been a sideline reporter, P.A. announcer, and radio personality. Tweet him @Pat_Benson_Jr. 


Pat Benson (2060) waiting... CLA basketball title
Pat Benson (2060) waiting... CLA basketball title

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