Older athletes make for great copy in the world of sports.
Roger Clemens of the Houston Astros and Cal Ripken Jr. formerly of the Baltimore Orioles all quickly come to mind in baseball.
Sure goalkeepers in the past have played in to their forties like Dino Zoff of Italy and Pat Jennings of Ireland but few field players have.
Roger Milla of Cameroon is on that comes to mind but what first comes to mind is the physical running that must take place.
Which leads me to Teddy Sheringham of West Ham currently playing and scoring last weekend in the Premiership. Only Gordon Strachan has ever played in to his forties in this historic league.
Yet lets face it, Sheringham is a brainy, positional player whose brain is keeping him in the top flight combined with 22 years of experience at Millwall, Nottingham Forest, Tottenham, Manchester United, Portsmouth and now West Ham. It is not just about the physical, he has seen it all and is capable of outthinking others to remain in the game at this level.
Eleven goals in 51 games for England as an international is not bad either.
Who can forget in 96 his two goal performance vs. Holland in the European Championships in a 4-1 “Three Lions” victory.
Sheringham’s next great hope is to play with his son Charlie on the same team who is currently on trial at Crystal Palace.
Onward Teddy from a mid-forties fan.