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With the life expectancy (at least in the United States) currently at 81 for women, and 76 for men, sometimes you just don't realize how far back our senior citizens were born. They were born in the 30s and 40s are still alive and kickin'. You hear it's a famous person's birthday and your first thought is, "Oh, wait they're still alive?" This is especially true for old athletes, who aren't seen on the playing field or in the announcer's box anymore.

With the wear and tear and the physical strain athletes constantly put on their bodies while in their prime, it's difficult to know how long they'll be around as they get older. For example, the life expectancy for a professional football player is much lower than average, and a boxer's is even worse. But some of these athletes are still alive, despite their age and their physically taxing career choice.

Cast your votes below for the old athletes you had no idea were still alive.

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Willie Mays


Willie Mays is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Old Athletes You Didn't Realize Are Still Alive
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Age: 85

Birthplace: Westfield, Alabama, United States of America

Profession: Baseball player

Credits: Here's to You, Charlie Brown: 50 Great Years, Dream Girl of '67, Home Run Derby, Michael Jordan to the Max

Also Ranked

#2 on The Greatest Baseball Players of All Time

#7 on The Best Hitters in Baseball History

#2 on The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame

#1 on The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time

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Hank Aaron


Hank Aaron is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Old Athletes You Didn't Realize Are Still Alive
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Age: 83

Birthplace: Mobile, Alabama, United States of America

Profession: Baseball player

Credits: Summer Catch, Home Run Derby, Jim Brown: All American, Pete Rose on Trial

Also Ranked

#4 on The Greatest Baseball Players of All Time

#1 on The Best Atlanta Braves of All Time

#3 on The Greatest Right-Fielders of All Time

#9 on The Best Hitters in Baseball History

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Whitey Ford


Whitey Ford is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Old Athletes You Didn't Realize Are Still Alive
Photo: via Twitter

Age: 88

Birthplace: Astoria, New York City, New York, United States of America

Profession: Baseball player, Coach, Actor

Credits: The Match Game, Safe at Home!, New York Yankees (The Movie), Mantle

Also Ranked

#93 on The Greatest Baseball Players of All Time

#7 on The Greatest Left Handed Pitchers of All Time

#8 on The Greatest New York Yankees of All-Time

#85 on The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame

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Pelé


Pelé is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Old Athletes You Didn't Realize Are Still Alive
Photo: via Reddit

Age: 76

Birthplace: Três Corações, Brazil

Profession: Actor, Footballer

Credits: Escape to Victory, Hot Shot, Os Trapalhões e o Rei do Futebol, Pelé: The Master and His Method

Also Ranked

#5 on The Best Athletes of All Time

#88 on The Smartest Professional Athletes

#2 on The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time

#2 on The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time

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