Jeff Pealrman of Sports Illustrated has a fun story about former Bear and Super Bowl XX Champion, Willie Gault, who is still running fast at nearly 50 years old. He holds two 45-49 age group world records (in the 100 and 200) and can run a 4.4 forty yard dash. And believe it or not, he says he'd give football another go if a team were to call.
He hasn't played since 1993, but who knows with the limited options in free agency maybe a team will take him up on his offer. I know the Bears would never call him up, and I doubt any team would, but it'd be interesting if a team did.
What's the key to his great health? From the SI article;
He refuses to eat chicken or red meat, sticking to a diet of fish (twice per week), vegetables and soy. "I might have an oatmeal raisin cookie once in a while," he says. "But I don't live to eat. I eat to live." He can be found four or five days per week at the Gold's Gym on Venice Beach, completing an exhaustive circuit of upper- and lower-body weight workouts. Afterward, he usually retreats to a nearby track, where he completes a dizzying buffet of 200s, 300s and 400s. "I treat my body like a temple," he says, "because it's the only one I have, and I want to use it as long as possible."
And I'll leave you with this little nugget of nostalgia.
This is Speedy Willie, and I'm world class.
I like runnin' but i love to get the pass.
I practice all day and dance all night,
I got to get ready for the Sunday fight.
Now I'm as smooth as a chocolate swirl,
I dance a little funky, so watch me girl.
There's not one here that does it like me,
My Super Bowl Shuffle will set you free.