Father Time is probably the most unfriendly person any athlete or human being wants to encounter. Father Time is undefeated and eventually he will claim at least part of your spirit and take away your ability to do extraordinary things in the process. Some athletes find a way to defy Father Time. Others seem to give in to the old fella and in a desperate attempt to prove him wrong, fall to a level where their greatness will be forever questioned.
A few athletes figured it out early and discovered when to quit. Others defied him in ordinary moments, but on his biggest and brightest stage Father Time reigned supreme.
Dwyane Wade – Considered by most to be the most athletic of the trio of fantastic players in the 2003 NBA draft. Wade was unmistakably a force and impact player and never seemed to miss with the game on the line. Now you can’t think of a moment when he’s delivered with the game on the line.
Paul Pierce – Probably the most clutch performer in the NBA for over a decade. It seemed as if Pierce never missed a crunch time jumper.
Anderson Silva – He was the king of the octagon. He was considered to be pound for pound the greatest to ever live. One night it all just disappeared.
Aaron Rodgers – Seemed as if he was destined to be the greatest to ever do it in football. Rodgers never seemed to lose a big game. Now I can’t remember when he’s been the difference maker in a big game.
Tiger Woods – I’m trying to remember a time when he didn’t deliver. Woods was the king of the course and never ever lost when he had an opportunity to close someone out. Since losing to YE Yang in the finals of the PGA, Woods hasn’t sniffed a major championship. He hasn’t been able to make that clutch putt to keep a good round going and he’s become a victim of not meeting expectations outlined by himself.