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13 Athletes Who Won MVP After Age 35

Updated January 31, 2020 260 votes 47 voters13 items

Sports are usually a young person's game, but this list of the oldest MVP winners in sports history is proof that you don't have to be in your 20s to remain a star athlete. Whether they were playng football, baseball, basketball, or hockey, these older stars were still making plays and putting up numbers well after others their age had already moved on from the game.

Barry Bonds is maybe the prototypical older All-Star, winning four MVPs after the age of 35 and setting numerous MLB records. Bonds is also one of only two players in major sports history to win MVP at the age of 40 or later. The other is Tom Brady, one of the best players in NFL history and one who did not allow age to slow him down in his pursuit of greatness. Meanwhile, Karl Malone is the only player in NBA history to be named MVP after the age of 35, and no one has accomplished the feat in the NHL since Eddie Shore in 1938.

So check out this list of aged athletes who still had what it takes to compete at the highest level. Vote up the athletes over 35 who had the greatest late career success and proved they were among the best of all time.

  • Named NFL MVP at age 37 in 1963.

    1963 stats
    221-for-367, 60.2 completion pecentage, 3,145 yards passing, 36 touchdowns

    • Birthplace: Marshall, Texas
    • Team: New York Giants
    • Position: Quarterback
    A great MVP?

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  • Named National League MVP at age 37 in 1986.

    1986 stats
    .290 avg., 37 home runs, 119 RBIs

    • Birthplace: Dayton, Ohio
    • Team: Philadelphia Phillies
    • Position: Third baseman
    A great MVP?

    More Mike Schmidt 

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  • Named American League MVP at age 38 in 1992.

    1992 stats
    7-1 record, 51 saves, 1.91 ERA, 93 strikeouts

    • Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    • Team: Oakland A's
    • Position: Pitcher
    A great MVP?

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  • Named National League MVP at age 39 in 1979.

    1979 stats
    .281 avg., 32 home runs, 82 RBIs

    • Birthplace: Earlsboro, Oklahoma
    • Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
    • Position: First base
    A great MVP?