Move over, Julio Franco - SCOTT VAN PELT STYLE via USA TODAY unearths a new senior gem on the diamond. Meet John Wilson, 53-year-old outfielder.
And it’s not just the local rec league he’s suiting up for - Wilson is playing collegiately, about to start his senior season at Penn State Altoona.
What’s more amazing than a man in his 50s hitting the field with college kids, is the remarkable path of Wilson took to get there. Read more…
The ASSOCIATED PRESS reports LeBron James has found some new blood to represent - a 59-year-old college football player:
The Cavs star’s management firm, LRMR, has signed Mike Flynt to their group, hoping to grab some goods & services for their gridiron grandpa.
Flynt made news this season by completing his collegiate career at Sul Ross State University - 36 years after leaving campus. Learning he had one year of eligibility left, Flynt stepped back on the field for the first time since 1971. And it wasn’t as a reserve kicker - Flynt filled his role at linebacker.
LeBron was impressed enough with Flynt’s story to bring him on board his team: “He didn’t allow anyone to take away the dream he had, no matter how old he was or what he went through….that’s a great story. He never gave up on his dream.”
The agency has plans to turn Flynt’s daring into dollar signs, from selling fitness products to signing movie & TV deals.
And Flynt seems ready for a new challenge: “I’m so excited about being involved with these young guys. It’s like being with the teammates I just left.”
59-YEAR-OLD PLAYER FINALLY GETS BACK ON THE FIELD: Over a month ago, we shared the story of a 59-year-old ex-college player looking for a chance to play football once again. Not only did he make the team, he finally hit the turf this weekend and helped his squad clinch a win:
YAHOO! SPORTS updates the saga of Mike Flynt, the senior senior who secured a spot on the Sul Ross State football team at the beginning of the season. Flynt didn’t see any actual action this year due to a groin injury.But on Saturday, he trotted on the field as a collegian for the first time since 1971. Flynt appeared in 9 plays, coming in as a blocker during kicking situations.
Most importantly, he was on the offensive line blocking for Sul Ross’s last play - a 41-yard field goal that gave the Lobos a 45-42 triple-OT victory over Texas Lutheran:
When it was all finally over, was Flynt exhausted from the physical play and extra periods?Are you kidding?
With a big post-game grin on his face, Flynt admitted, “I’ve enjoyed every bit of this. Stepping out on the field was kind of the exclamation point.”
All 6 members of Flynt’s family were in the Jackson Field stands for his gridiron re-debut. Right after Mike trotted off after his first play in, his daughter Delanie turned to her 1 1/2-year old son Colin and joyously told him, “Your grandpa just played football!“