Behind the Mapping of NFL Passing Touchdowns

Behind the Mapping of NFL Passing Touchdowns

Everyone wants more football, and thankfully, the NFL is back. Fanatics, in partnership with the NFL, has decided to give fans a deeper look at the data behind passing touchdowns. Instead of only relying on official stats, though, our interactive plots the locations from which each quarterback threw the ball and where the receiver caught it.

For the 2017-18 regular season, we will record every touchdown pass thrown for all 32 teams for every game and compile them into a searchable interactive.

Users can also search the data by the regular season week, game, team name, the position of the receiver or passer, and player name. The interactive will reveal where the pass or passes were thrown, where they were received, the yards traveled, player rankings, and more. For additional information, check out our behind-the-scenes look at the interactive below.

How We Made the Passing Touchdown Interactive

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The interactive is nothing less than a labor of love. To compile information, Fanatics.com researchers will review every 2017 touchdown pass via footage from NFL Game Pass. Using a searchable and to-scale NFL field image – in which a 12-by-12 pixel cell corresponds to a 4-by-4-foot square of the actual gridiron – the researchers will plot the start position of a given pass as well as the position of the completing receiver.

The JavaScript library, D3, enabled developers to map the coordinates of a pass from start to reception. Along with the stats above, they recorded distance from the reception point to the goal line. They further sorted the information by game, team, passer, and receiver, along with the passers’ and receivers’ rankings. This process will be repeated for every 2017 touchdown pass on file with NFL Game Pass.

Take Analysis to the Next Level

The result is a user-friendly interface that makes it easy to see either individual or group pass touchdowns based on easy-to-enter criteria.

With this tool, it’s easy to relive the best passing drives of this season and visually interpret the passing philosophies and successes of each NFL team. Using Fanatics’ interactive, everyone can be a color commentator, offering insightful analysis of the league’s aerial game. Try it for yourself here.

Ohio State Buckeyes in the NFL

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Ohio State University was established in 1870 as the Ohio Agricultural and Mechanical College, and classes began just a few years later. In 1878, the name was changed to The Ohio State University, and in 1890, the first football game in the school’s history took place. Since then, the university’s football program has brought home eight national championships (most recently in 2014), seven Heisman winners (including Troy Smith, Eddie George, Archie Griffin, and Howard Cassady), and a slew of players who made their name in the NFL.

BUCKEYES

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Past NFL players include James Laurinaitis, A.J. Hawk, Orlando Pace, Mike Vrabel, and Cris Carter. Also, 11 former Buckeyes were inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, including Dick LeBeau, Jim Parker, and Lou Groza.

There are currently 44 former Ohio State players in the National Football League. Some teams have several, while others just have one. Let’s take a look to see where everyone falls.

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The Indianapolis Colts have the most former Buckeyes on their roster, including John Simon, Jack Mewhort, Malik Hooker, and Johnathan Hankins (plus Joshua Perry on the practice squad). The New Orleans Saints have four former Ohio State players, including Michael Thomas, Marshon Lattimore, Ted Ginn, and Vonn Bell.

Among former Buckeyes that currently play in the NFL, there are a few that definitely stand out. Last year’s leading rusher, for example, was an Ohio State player – Ezekiel Elliott. He rampaged for 1,631 yards for the Dallas Cowboys in 2016, averaging a league-best of 108.7 yards per game. During his time as a Buckeye he earned the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year Award, and then was drafted fourth overall in the 2016 draft by the Dallas Cowboys.

FOCUSED. One thing on my mind.

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Ryan Shazier is another former Ohio State player. Shazier was drafted 15th overall in 2014 by the Pittsburgh Steelers, and the linebacker is a part of a formidable linebacking corps, along with fellow former Buckeyes Cameron Heyward, who was selected 31st overall in 2011.

Defensive end Joey Bosa is another intriguing player to mention here. This former Buckeyes was drafted third overall in 2016 by the Chargers and has been quite the sack master since his NFL debut. He racked up 10.5 sacks his first season and is on pace to break this mark in 2017 (he has 8.5 as of week nine).

See ball, get ball.

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Go Bucks!

So you’ve been keeping tabs on Ezekiel Elliott since his first year at Ohio State, or you’ve been a fan of the Ohio State University’s football program for years? Good news. Fanatics has a huge assortment of quality Buckeyes garb, as well as the NFL jerseys of some of the best and brightest that have come out of the Columbus, Ohio, campus.

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Miami Hurricanes in the NFL

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The University of Miami was chartered in 1925 and classes began in 1926. The university’s first president, Dr. Bowman Ashe, proposed a 50,000-seat stadium for the school’s would-be football team. Just one day after work on a temporary stadium began, a massive hurricane struck much of South Florida, leaving destruction in its wake and leveling much of the area. Understandably, plans for the stadium were halted, and classes started late, so it wasn’t until Oct. 23, 1926, that the University of Miami played its first football game in front of 304 spectators.

We ballin’ boysss.

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While the origin of the team name, the Hurricanes, may be shrouded in mystery (some say it came from the 1926 hurricane, as the university hoped the football team would sweep opponents away just as the storm did), the traditions at the school are very strong, and they’ve certainly produced a ton of NFL players. In fact, they hold a number of NFL draft records, including most first-round selections in a single draft (six in 2004), the most consecutive years with first-round draftees (14 from 1995 to 2008).

Former Hurricanes in the Pro Football Hall of Fame include Ted Hendricks, Michael Irvin, Jim Kelly, Cortez Kennedy, Jim Otto, and Warren Sapp. There are scads of former Miami players currently playing in the NFL.

It’s All About The U

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There are 46 former Hurricanes in the NFL, spread out among 23 teams. A few teams have four, including the Jaguars (Brandon Linder, Allen Hurns, and Calais Campbell, plus Marques Williams on reserve) and the Chargers (Rayshawn Jenkins and Travis Benjamin, plus Denzel Perryman and Asante Cleveland on reserve). The Panthers have three (Ladarius Gunter, plus Greg Olsen and Corn Elder on reserve). The Colts also have three, including Sean Spence and Frank Gore, as well as Erik Swoope on reserve.

It’s a U thing. (📸: @jaguars)

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The rest of the teams have one or two former Miami players, including the Falcons with Jermaine Grace and Matthew Bosher; the Bears with Pat O’Donnell and Dean Bush; the Packers with Justin Vogel and Herb Waters; and the Texans with Lamar Miller and Ufomba Kamalu.

There are quite a few standout players that once roamed the field at what is now the Hard Rock Stadium. Tight end Jimmy Graham, drafted in 2010 by the New Orleans Saints, has been selected to the Pro Bowl four times and has gained over 1,000 yards twice in his career so far, including 2013, when he led all of the NFL with 16 touchdowns. Graham now plays in Seattle.

Frank Gore, who now runs the ball for the Indianapolis Colts, was drafted in 2005 by the San Francisco 49ers, where he remained for a solid decade, putting up a ton of yardage (including nine seasons of 1,000 yards or more). He ran for over 1,000 during his first year with the Colts as well (2015) and has been selected to the Pro Bowl five times.

@fg2132 just passed Barry Sanders (3,062) for the 6th-most rushes in @NFL history.

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Greg Olsen, who is currently on injured reserve for the Carolina Panthers, is another former Hurricane of note. Olsen became the first tight end in NFL history to record three straight 1,000-yard seasons and has been selected to three Pro Bowls during his time with the Panthers. He played the first four years of his career in Chicago, having been drafted in the first round in 2007.

Week 2 😤

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Canes Football

Whether you’re a longtime fan of the Miami Hurricanes football team and have been following your favorite college players to the NFL, or are simply looking for some amazing new NFL gear, Fanatics is the place to go to find authentic jerseys, blankets, baby items, and even slippers.

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Penn State Nittany Lions in the NFL

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Pennsylvania State University, located in “Happy Valley” (a nickname for the State College area), has been around since its founding in 1855. The school’s football program got its start in the 1880s. While early teams were scarce (reports say the school didn’t even have a team from 1882 to 1886) and they competed independently of a conference until the early 1990s, Penn State certainly has had a ton of success on the field.

To date, the Penn State Nittany Lions have brought home four conference championships and 47 bowl appearances (with 28 wins) and enjoy a loyal fan base, which are all highlights of this storied football program.

Penn State has produced plenty of NFL talent, including John Cappelletti, who is the sole Nittany Lion to receive a Heisman Trophy. The running back was drafted No. 11 overall by the Los Angeles Rams in 1974 and spent nine seasons in the NFL, first as a Ram and later as a part of the Chargers. Other Nittany Lions who have spent time in the NFL include LaVar Arrington, Mike Reid, and Kerry Collins.

There are currently 30 former Penn State players who play in the NFL. Let’s take a look to see where these Nittany Lions are making impacts on the field.

Made in Happy Valley

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The Miami Dolphins are home to three former Penn State Players: Cameron Wake and Mike Hull, with Jordan Lucas residing on the practice squad. Several teams have two former Penn Staters, like the San Francisco 49ers with Robbie Gould and Garry Gilliam. On the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, you’ll find Donovan Smith and Chris Godwin, while on the Tennessee Titans, you’ll find DaQuan Jones and Austin Johnson. The Kansas City Chiefs have two former Nittany Lions on their team: Ross Travis and Tamba Hali, who is currently on injured reserve. It’s the same story for the Jacksonville Jaguars – Paul Posluszny plays for the team, and Allen Robinson is on injured reserve.

Sean Lee, a linebacker and tackling machine for the Dallas Cowboys, is one standout player who formerly played at Penn State. Lee has been selected to two Pro Bowls and one first-team All-Pro. This well-liked defensive phenom is one of his team’s captains and leads them in tackles (no surprise there).

Sean Lee #DALvsSF

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Cameron Wake is another outstanding linebacker who hails from Penn State. His tackling and sacking prowess for the Miami Dolphins has earned him five Pro Bowl invitations, and although he’s getting “up there” in years (he’ll be 36 in January), he’s still a solid wrecking ball for the Miami defense.

LET’S GO!!

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Paul Posluszny is yet another fantastic linebacker to hail from Penn State. Posluszny, who now tackles the heck out of guys for the Jacksonville Jaguars, has netted over 100 tackles in four out of 11 seasons so far and has been selected to one Pro Bowl.

Our 2017 team captains.

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Let It Roar

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Fanatics Breakaway NHL Gear

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Wouldn’t it be great if fans could help design and influence their most treasured pieces of sports apparel?  i? When Fanatics took over this year as the official manufacturer and distributor of the NHL’s new fan jerseys, they did just that.

The Fanatics Breakaway is the first NHL jersey designed exclusively for fans. As part of an expanded multiyear partnership with the League, Fanatics was granted the jersey rights due to its world-class supply chain and innovative merchandise model which will produce and distribute jerseys and apparel for fans and retailers worldwide. Fanatics is creating a real-time shopping experience for fans with the ability to adapt quickly to market trends, hot teams/players, in-season moves and off-season changes. Simply put, Fanatics and the NHL are providing the widest assortment of coveted fan jerseys ever available across all retail channels.

Want to know the best way to look good and stay cool while rooting for your favorite NHL team, whether it’s the Chicago Blackhawks or Toronto Maple Leafs? Read on to learn about best way to look good and stay cool while rooting for your favorite NHL team.

The Breakaway

 

Are you wearing pads under your jersey when headed out to watch a hockey game with friends? The answer is likely no. The Fanatics Breakaway was redesigned from the ground up with the perfect combinations of fit and fabric, making it comfortable and easy-to-wear whether you’re at the rink or relaxing on the couch. Take a look at some of your favorite teams – from the Pittsburgh Penguins to the Las Vegas Golden Knights – to see how their Breakaway jerseys will look!

As a company committed to world-class design and breakthrough innovations, the Fanatics Breakaway is a technologically-advanced product born out of tireless consumer research and game-changing fan insights, the results of which led the Fanatics design team to produce a better fitting, fan-friendly option that won’t  break the bank.

The Breakaway solves many of the most common complaints about traditional NHL replica jerseys. Fans told us they were “too big” and the material was “itchy and scratchy.” There also was not a version designed specifically for female fans. We’re happy to report that we’ve addressed these concerns….and more.

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Your FanFit jersey won’t look radically different than the one worn on the ice – it’s just made to be worn the way a fan would – without bulky pads. It also uses FanFlex technology for a lightweight feel, using the latest in breathable fabrics so you can stay cool even when the game starts to heat up.

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Breakaway jerseys are even easier to pack for those crucial road games with FanFlex, one of the most noticeable features which allows the traditionally bulky numbers and crest to now bend and flex with the jersey when folded. Additionally, FanTex makes your coveted jersey better for daily wear and easier to lounge around on game day. The finally, FanID customization option allows for all the unique, personal lettering and touches you could ever want – from your name to a mantra and even a nickname.>/span>

For the Fans

Now that you’ve seen your favorite team’s Breakaway jersey, what are you waiting for? Get the fan-designed Fanatics Breakaway jersey today at Fanatics.com.

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Who are the Youngest Players in the NBA

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There are plenty of NBA players who have hit the court for many seasons and are honed in their craft, but there is also a definite youth movement as new players enter the league and hope to make their mark. So who are the youngest players among the professional basketball bunch? Read on to meet the baby-faced ballers filling each team’s roster.

Youngsters on the Way Up

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Looking over the NBA players from the 2016-17 season, we’ve scouted out the 10 youngest players in the league. Ike Anigbogu of the Indiana Pacers tops the list as the freshest face in the NBA. He was drafted 47th overall in 2017 and, at 18, was indeed the youngest player in this year’s draft class. He’s followed by Frank Ntilikina, who was selected early on in the draft (No. 8 overall) by the New York Knicks.

Markelle Fultz was the No. 1 overall draft pick in 2017 and is also the third youngest player in the NBA. The Philadelphia 76ers player had a strong pre-draft hype and was expected by most to be the top overall pick, spending his one college year in Washington after a few brilliant years balling in high school. Fultz was the only college player over the last 25 years to average 23 points, five rebounds, and five assists per game.

No. 4 on the list is Terrance Ferguson, a 19-year-old rookie suiting up for the Oklahoma City Thunder. Ferguson is followed by New Orleans Pelicans point guard Frank Jackson, Sacramento Kings forward Harry Giles, and Jarrett Allen of the Brooklyn Nets.

The eighth and ninth youngest slots are filled by Jayson Tatum (Boston Celtics) and Malik Monk (Charlotte Hornets). Tony Bradley ranks as the “oldest” youngest player on our top 10 list and takes the court for the Utah Jazz.

Ballin’ With the Stars

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The 2016-17 All-Star Game had some of the league’s youngest players suit up for their respective conference. For the Eastern Conference, the youngest player was a member of the so-called “Future of the NBA” – Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks. The 22-year-old led the East by scoring a whopping 30 points (the most points scored by a Bucks player in an All-Star Game) and pounding in some scoreboard-adding dunks against the West.

Over in the Western Conference, Anthony Davis was the youngest player selected to grace the All-Star roster. The 24-year-old showed out for the West, scoring 52 points and smashing Wilt Chamberlain’s standing record of 42 points. Hailed as the “Hometown Hero,” Davis helped to secure the title for the West as well as his host team, the New Orleans Pelicans.

The Youngsters

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In addition to the 10 youngest NBA players, we went through and looked at the youngest players from each team during the 2017-18 season. The “oldest” youngest player is 22-year-old Sindarius Thornwell of the Los Angeles Clippers.

Other notable youngsters include players like Lonzo Ball (Los Angeles Lakers, 19), Dennis Smith Jr. (Dallas Mavericks,19), Zach Collins (Portland Trail Blazers, 19), OG Anunoby (Toronto Raptors, 20), and Justise Winslow (Miami Heat, 21).

Forever Young

No matter which NBA team you root for or whether you’ve followed college players since their NCAA days, we’ve got excellent news: Fanatics.com has loads of amazing authentic NBA gear, from jerseys to slippers and even outfits for your dogs (yes, really).

Top 10 youngest players in the NBA

  1. Ike Anigbogu (19) Indiana Pacers
  2. Frank Ntilikina (19) New York Knicks
  3. Markelle Fultz (19) Philadelphia 76ers
  4. Terrance Ferguson (19) Oklahoma City Thunder
  5. Frank Jackson (19) New Orleans Pelicans
  6. Harry Giles (19) Sacramento Kings
  7. Jarrett Allen (19) Brooklyn Nets
  8. Jayson Tatum (19) Boston Celtics
  9. Malik Monk (19) Charlotte Hornets
  10. Tony Bradley (19) Utah Jazz

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Clemson University Mascot: The Tiger

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Getting to Know Clemson University

The Clemson story began in 1889 after the passing of Thomas Green Clemson, a native Philadelphian who bequeathed his home and fortune to the state of South Carolina with the intent of a university being built that would sustain his name. The gift was accepted later that year by Gov. John Peter Richardson – establishing Clemson Agricultural College in the Upstate. Clemson became a coeducational institution in 1955. It officially converted to Clemson University in 1964 with higher academic offerings and research pursuits.

Clemson has come a long way since then, and the school now has 17 athletic teams with a fabled history of success. The Tigers football team is currently a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and has appeared in 39 bowl games – emerging as victors 20 of those times. In addition to winning the 2016 Fiesta Bowl, Clemson, along with Heisman candidate Deshaun Watson, took down the University of Alabama (35-31) to win the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship.

There to hype up the Clemson fanatics at home games, pep rallies, and community events are the university’s mascot, The Tiger. Alongside his companion – Tiger Cub – the dynamic costumed duo spends their time cheering on the Tigers all the way to national prominence. Let’s take a look at how The Tiger and Tiger Cub have ushered in a new era of fandom over the years.

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Tiger Traditions

Hailing from Auburn University (then known as Alabama Polytechnic University) is former Clemson President Walter Merritt Riggs. Riggs was noted for bringing football to the university – as well as the official school colors, orange and purple, along with it. The adoption of the Tiger mascot stemmed from Riggs’ attachment to his alma mater; he even used his former school’s old uniform equipment to jumpstart Clemson’s program.

The Tiger officially began roaming the sidelines in 1954, but it wasn’t until 1978 that a true tradition was born – the touchdown pushups. Former Tiger mascot Zack Mills pioneered the tradition by matching the number of pushups performed to Clemson’s total score after each touchdown achieved. Considering the suit weighs nearly 45 pounds, the pushups are viewed as no small feat.

Start your engines tiger fans…60 days until CLEMSON FOOTBALL! #letsgooo #clemsontigers #Dabo #ALLIN 💯💯💯

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In 1993, The Tiger gained a sideline companion when the university gave birth to Tiger Cub. Also referenced as “½,” (which is written as his jersey number), Tiger Cub can be spotted alongside The Tiger signing autographs, doing pushups, or simply just goofing off at major sporting events and community gatherings throughout the semester.

“Eat ’Em Up, Tigers!”

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C-L-E-M-S-O-N! Join The Clemson Tiger and Tiger Cub in celebrating the newly crowned champions by showing your support for the orange! Look no further than Fanatics.com for all of your Clemson fan gear and merchandise.

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Comeback Kings – the Comeback Player of the Year Award

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Coming back from an injury or rough day at the office can be challenging for your average Joe. With that in mind, one can imagine how difficult it is for premier athletes to return to elite condition after a disappointing or injured season.

With all the odds stacked against them, many players across sports have overcome adversity and returned to elite performance. The NFL and MLB recognize these feel-good returns with an award unlike any other: the Comeback Player of the Year Award. The NBA stopped giving out this award in the mid-1980s, and the award has now been replaced with the Most Improved Player Award.

Let’s take a look back and appreciate the past winners of this award across the NFL, MLB, and NBA.

The Unstoppable Comeback Kid

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The inaugural NFL Comeback Player of the Year Award was given to Earl Morrall, best remembered for leading the Baltimore Colts to a Super Bowl victory in 1971. Morrall continued this knack of spectacular backup work the following year with the Miami Dolphins. Morrall’s age of 38 made him a tough sell, and he ended up being claimed off waivers by the Dolphins. Despite bouncing from team to team, Morrall persevered and led the Dolphins to a perfect regular season after starting quarterback Bob Griese sustained injuries.

A name from this timeline that doesn’t need much introduction is Joe Montana. Whether you’re familiar with football, you’ve likely heard of one of the greatest football players to ever grace the gridiron. However, “The Comeback Kid” may have never earned his nickname if he had taken doctors’ advice. Physicians told Montana that he should consider retirement after suffering a gruesome back injury in 1986. Montana returned to the NFL only two months later, and football fans around the world rejoiced. After suffering what was once thought to be a career-ending injury, Joe Cool carried the San Francisco 49ers to the Super Bowl in 1989 and 1990. Montana is the epitome of perseverance and dedication.

Due to the competitive and physical nature of the sport, the NFL has seen a number of its players overcome adversity. More recent examples include Peyton Manning’s 4,600-yard season following neck surgery and Eric Berry’s return from cancer.

Never Count Chris Out

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The MLB’s spring training, a 162-game regular season and postseason forces players to stay in season-form nearly the entire year. Considering the longevity of many players’ careers, it’s entirely expected for players to have multiple injuries over time. Naturally, the MLB recognizes those who have overcome a poor performance or injury for a full season with their own award.

Chris Carpenter, a former St. Louis Cardinals flamethrower, faced every pitcher’s worst nightmare: arm injuries. The only thing scarier than an injury? Recurring arm injuries.

The MLB only began officially presenting the Comeback Player of the Year Award in 2005, but it’s not far-fetched to believe that Chris Carpenter could have been the first two-time winner if they began just a year sooner. Carpenter overcame a shoulder surgery that sidelined him for the 2003 season and finished with the 13th best ERA in the NL in 2004. Additionally, Carpenter missed nearly two seasons due to elbow and shoulder injuries later in his career but made another heroic return in 2009 – finishing with an NL best 2.24 ERA.

Buster Posey’s return from an ACL tear to win an MVP award and World Series championship and Mariano Rivera’s return from injury in his retirement season with a 2.11 ERA highlights some of the most electric returns in recent history.

The Career of a King

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Although the NBA hasn’t distributed nearly as many Comeback Player of the Year awards as the NFL or MLB, its five-year lifespan provides many inspiring stories.  

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Bernard King appeared in only 19 games of the 1979-80 season due to treatment for substance misuse. After this disappointing season from the budding star, King was shipped off to the Golden State. He didn’t let lowered expectations or a new environment bring down his performance, though. Instead, King averaged a respectable 21.9 points per game while maintaining a .588 field goal percentage.

King was dealt again after his 1980-81 season, this time to the New York Knicks. Ironically, the Knicks gave the Warriors a young Micheal Ray Richardson, who would later go on to claim one of the five Comeback Player of the Year awards given after King’s historic 1980-81 season. The year King secured this prestigious accolade award wasn’t the only time his tenacity inched him closer to his Hall-of-Fame career. King missed the entire 1985-86 season with an ACL tear, but once again returned the following season. His post ACL-tear ascent was complete once he reached the all-star team in 1991.  

Rise Up to the Challenge

While your favorite players face challenges on the field, you can cheer them on by picking up their official gear at Fanatics.com.

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Who are the Oldest Players in the NHL

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The National Hockey League is full of talented hockey players, and as it is a collision sport where contact is not only expected but often essential to gameplay, it tends to shorten the life of a professional’s career – at least when compared to people who have a 9-to-5 job.

So it’s no surprise there aren’t a ton of NHL players in their late 30s or early 40s. We took a look at each NHL roster to discover the oldest players lacing their skates in the NHL.

Ageless Action

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Some say legends never die, and that just may be the case for 45-year-old veteran and oldest active NHL player, Jaromir Jagr. “The Ageless Wonder” currently suits up for the Calgary Flames but achieved the most success as a Pittsburgh Penguin – securing two NHL championship victories.

When the Minnesota Wild signed Matt Cullen this offseason after he decided against retirement, they weren’t signing an unfamiliar player to the team – Cullen, age 40, spent three seasons with the team several years ago and is also a native of the state. Over his 19-season career, he’s spent time on several teams, including the most recent Stanley Cup winners, the Pittsburgh Penguins (oh, and he was on the Pens the cup-winning year before that as well, and won the cup during the 2005-06 season with Carolina).

The third oldest NHL player is Zdeno Chara, age 40. Chara was drafted 56th overall in 1996 by the New York Islanders and has played for two other teams, including his current squad, the Boston Bruins. He’s a seven-time All-Star select and won the Stanley Cup with his current team in 2011.

Fourth on our list is Mark Streit, age 39, of the Montreal Canadiens. He was also a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins team (along with Matt Cullen) that won the most recent Stanley Cup. Streit was drafted in 2004 by the Canadiens but has spent time with a few other teams.

Fifth in line is Marian Hossa of the Chicago Blackhawks. Hossa is 38 and has been in the league since he was drafted in 1997 by the Ottawa Senators. Hossa is also a three-time Stanley Cup champion – 2010, 2013, and 2015. He’s also one of only 45 NHL players to join the exclusive 500-goal club.

No. 6 is Roberto Luongo, a goaltender who laces up for the Florida Panthers at age 38. This two-time All-Star was drafted fourth overall in 1997 by the New York Islanders and has played for a variety of teams. This go-around with the Panthers, in fact, is his second stint with the team.

Jason Chimera (38, New York Islanders), Joe Thornton (38, San Jose Sharks), Patrick Marleau (38, Toronto Maple Leafs), make up the seventh, eighth, and ninth slots, respectively.

At age 38, Chris Kunitz (left wing for the Tampa Bay Lightning) is the youngest “oldest” NHL player on our top ten list.

The Oldest NHL All-Stars

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The NHL All-Star Game has a different format than the all-pro games of other professional sports. Since 2016, players from all four divisions make up four distinct All-Star teams: Pacific, Central, Atlantic, and Metropolitan. The game features a 3-on-3 tournament format and is divided into three 20-minute games, where the players compete in a single elimination tournament.

Who were the oldest players in last season’s All-Star Game then? For the Atlantic team, Frans Nielsen, then 33 year old (now age 34), took that honor. Nielsen was drafted in 2002 by the New York Islanders and spent many seasons there, recently relocating to Detroit to play with the Red Wings in 2016.

For the Central Division, Duncan Keith was the oldest at age 33 (now age 34). Keith has spent his entire professional career with the Chicago Blackhawks and was a part of their last three Stanley Cup titles. This was his third All-Star appearance and probably won’t be his last as he has continued to produce even as the years tack on.

Alexander Ovechkin, now age 32, was the youngest “oldest” All-Star (at 31 years old) last season as he suited up for the Metropolitan Division. He’s spent 12 seasons with one team – the Washington Capitals – and has been selected to the All-Star team a whopping 11 times. Ovechkin has received the Maurice Richard Trophy six times (awarded to the top scorer) and the Calder Memorial Trophy his rookie year (which is essentially the “rookie of the year” award in the NHL). It’s safe to say his return to the All-Star Game is pretty likely.

For the Pacific Division, Mike Smith was the oldest at age 34 (now age 35). Currently playing for the Calgary Flames, Smith also has the honor of being the 11th goaltender in NHL history to score a goal when he played for the Coyotes.

The Oldest Pros

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Seasoned veterans can make a huge contribution to a team, both in the locker room and on the ice. Forty-year-old Matt Cullen, for example, returns to the Minnesota Wild as an experienced player, a Stanley Cup winner, and a local.

Zdeno Chara is another great example of a veteran presence on a team he’s been with for eleven seasons and counting. Showing no signs of slowing down as of late, he’ll continue to contribute.

How about Brooks Orpik? The 37-year-old Washington Capitals player won the 2009 Stanley Cup with the Pittsburgh Penguins and will likely continue to play at a high level in the upcoming season.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, the Columbus Blue Jackets is a pretty young team – their oldest player is Brandon Dubinsky, age 31. He was drafted in 2004 by the New York Rangers, where he played for six seasons before departing for Columbus in 2012.

Grab Some Goals

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Top 10 Oldest Players in the NHL

  1. Jaromir Jagr (45) Calgary Flames
  2. Matt Cullen (40) Minnesota Wild
  3. Zdeno Chara (40) Boston Bruins
  4. Mark Streit (39) Montreal Canadiens
  5. Marian Hossa (38) Chicago Blackhawks
  6. Roberto Luongo (38) Florida Panthers
  7. Jason Chimera (38) New York Islanders
  8. Joe Thornton (38) San Jose Sharks
  9. Patrick Marleau (38) Toronto Maple Leafs
  10. Chris Kunitz (38) Tampa Bay Lightning

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Who are the Youngest Players in the NHL

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The National Hockey League is made up of hundreds of players of varying ages. Some, however, are quite a bit younger than the so-called grizzled vets who have played more than a few seasons. Over 200 players are selected in the NHL draft each year, bringing tons of fresh faces to the league. How young, then, are the youngest of the professional hockey bunch? Read on to find out.

Baby-Faced Rooks

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Ottawa Senators left winger Alex Formenton is the youngest player in the NHL at 18 years old. Formenton took the ice for the first time during the 2017-18 season after being selected forty-seventh overall in the draft. Filip Chytil is the second youngest NHL player, also 18 years old. The center was picked in the first round (twenty-first overall) during the 2017 draft by the Broadway Blueshirts (aka the New York Rangers).

No. 3 on the list is Owen Tippett, 18-year-old rookie for this Florida Panthers. Fourth on the list is the 2017 No. 1 draft pick, 19-year-old Nico Hischier, center for the New Jersey Devils. Edmonton Oilers right wing Kailer Yamamoto is the fifth youngest, followed by Nolan Patrick of the Philadelphia Flyers. Clayton Keller (19 years old) is no. 7 on the list and was selected in the 1st round (seventh overall) of the 2016 draft by the Arizona Coyotes.

No. 8 is Mikhail Sergachev, also 19, who plays for the Tampa Bay Lightning. He was actually drafted in 2016 by the Canadiens, so he’s not only a non-rookie, but he’ll also be taking the ice for a second season this year. The last of the top 10 players include Victor Mete (Montreal Canadiens), and Samuel Girard (Nashville Predators), all age 19.

Youthful All-Stars

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The NHL All-Star game is divided into three 20-minute games and takes star players from each NHL division to make up the four All-Star teams: Pacific, Central, Atlantic, and Metropolitan. It’s a single-elimination, 3-on-3 tournament, which is relatively new to the league.

For the 2016-17 season, we found the youngest player on each All-Star team. In the Atlantic Division, Dylan Larkin was the youngest player. The Detroit Red Wings center is 21 years old, and expectations for him are quite high in Detroit. In addition to his All-Star selection, Larkin was rookie of the month in November of the 2015-16 season.

In the Central Division, Tyler Seguin was the youngest player on his respective All-Star team. Seguin is a relative oldster when compared to the other youngest players, coming in at age 25. He was drafted second overall in 2010 by the Boston Bruins and now plays for the Dallas Stars.

Brandon Saad, age 24, is the youngest All-Star player for the Metropolitan Division team. He currently plays for the Chicago Blackhawks, but previously played a couple of seasons for the Columbus Blue Jackets.

From the Pacific Division, 24-year-old Calgary Flames player Johnny Gaudreau was the youngest All-Star select last year. Gaudreau has made the All-Star team for three consecutive seasons and made the 2014-15 NHL All-Rookie team.

Youth Movement in the Rink

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Several of the top 10 youngest hockey players in the NHL made their presence known last season, and hope to continue blading their way to glory. In addition to the top 10 youngest overall, we researched each team’s youngest player and found the youth movement in the NHL is strong – not one of the youngest players from each team is older than 23.

Included are players like Matthew Tkachuk (Calgary Flames, 19), Dylan Larkin (Detroit Red Wings, 21), Alex Tuch (Minnesota Wild last year, now with the new expansion team, Las Vegas Golden Nights, 21), Brock Boeser (Vancouver Canucks, 20), and Olli Maatta (Pittsburgh Penguins, 23).

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Top 10 Youngest Players in the NHL

  1. Alex Formenton (18) Ottawa Senators
  2. Filip Chytil (18) New York Rangers
  3. Nico Hischier (19) New Jersey Devils
  4. Kailer Yamamoto (19) Edmonton Oilers
  5. Nolan Patrick (19) Philadelphia Flyers
  6. Clayton Keller (19) Arizona Coyotes
  7. Mikhail Sergachev (19) Tampa Bay Lightning
  8. Victor Mete (19) Montreal Canadiens
  9. Samuel Girard (19) Nashville Predators
  10. Patrik Laine (19) Winnipeg Jets

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