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People Are Noticing That NBA Players Used To Look Hella Old For Their Age

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Playing a sport at the professional level looks like it would be hard on the body, but it must have gotten easier in the last few decades because athletes used to look a lot more tired.

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Twitter user @YaBoyDannyBlaze shared a picture of NBA star Clyde Drexler when he was 27 years old, commenting, “Why did everyone look so old in the 80s and 90s?”

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In the photo, Drexler doesn’t look that old to me, but his distinguished mustache is something most of us probably associate with grandpas, not 20-somethings with an NBA contract:

People started replying to Danny with more photos as anecdotal evidence that NBA players looked older in the pre-2000s.

Soon they branched out to other sports, then popular musicians and actors who look like they’re Benjamin Buttoning and haven’t hit the upswing yet.

There are a lot of theories about why everyone looks so old to us now. Some argued that it was the photos themselves, which are grainy or have weird tints changing skin and hair tone.

Others think that, like with Drexler, their hairstyles date them in a way we think of as “old.” And many think people used to go a helluva lot harder when it came to eating canned foods, partying, and smoking a pack a day, plus sports aren’t easy on the body.

My theory is that everyone is obsessed with youth culture and the influencer life to a degree the analog eighties never could be, so even athletes are trying to keep themselves runway ready at all times.

Check it out and see what you think—and keep in mind, none of these photos or ages are fact-checked. Maybe they are 80-year-olds playing basketball.

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Written by Alison Sullivan

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