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13 Athletes Who Won MVP After Age 35

Updated January 31, 2020 257 votes 44 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.

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  • Named NFL MVP at age 40 in 2017.

    2017 stats
    385-for-581, 66.3 completion percentage, 4,577 yards passing, 32 touchdowns

    • Birthplace: San Mateo, California
    • Team: New England Patriots
    • Position: Quarterback
    34
    5
    A great MVP?

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  • Named National League MVP at age 40 in 2004.

    2004 stats
    .362 avg., 45 home runs, 101 RBIs, 232 walks

    Named National League MVP at age 39 in 2003.

    2003 stats
    .341 avg., 45 home runs, 90 RBIs, 148 walks

    Named National League MVP at age 38 in 2002.

    2002 stats
    .370 avg., 46 home runs, 110 RBIs, 198 walks

    Named National League MVP at age 37 in 2001.

    2001 stats
    .328 avg., 73 home runs, 137 RBIs, 177 walks

    • Birthplace: Riverside, California
    • Team: San Francisco Giants
    • Position: Outfielder
    40
    17
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  • Peyton Manning
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    Named NFL MVP at age 37 in 2013.

    2013 stats
    450-for-659, 68.3 completion percentage, 5,477 yards passing, 55 touchdowns

    • Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana
    • Team: Denver Broncos
    • Position: Quarterback
    32
    20
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  • Named American League MVP at age 37 in 1924.

    1924 stats
    23-7 record, 2.72 ERA, 6 shutouts, 158 strikeouts

    • Birthplace: Humboldt, Kansas
    • Team: Washington Senators
    • Position: Pitcher
    20
    5
    A great MVP?

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