Many people dream of making it in the sport they grew up playing and loving, but for every Cristiano Ronaldo, there’s another kid somewhere else that never quite got the opportunity to shine no matter how hard they tried. After hitting a certain age and not making it to the biggest stage of their sport, they’re considered not fit enough for the rigours of professional competition and often fade away.
But not for Andre Ingram. If you haven’t already heard of him, do yourself a favour and check out the highlights of his debut NBA game for the LA Lakers at the age of 32. That’s right, he played his very first professional basketball game at 32 years old and announced his arrival in style.
Considered the oldest American NBA rookie since at least 1964, Andre came on in the Lakers’ second last game of the season, scoring 19 points and four out of five 3-pointers. What’s remarkable about Andre’s debut is that he spent the last 10 years playing in the G League, which started as the NBA Development League.
His years of hard work and dedication showed he has what it takes in terms of his physical fitness, mental toughness, and skill when most people would start to decline, earning the praise of Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul, and his fellow teammates, Kyle Kuzma, Lonzo Ball, and Isaiah Thomas.
LOVE IT https://t.co/H80FOjRuhm
— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) April 11, 2018
The power of focus and persistence is real!! Congrats Andre Ingram on your NBA debut. Well deserved! pic.twitter.com/U1MY9F1LOI
— Chris Paul (@CP3) April 11, 2018
Dre Ingram! I’m inspired!!!!!
— kuz (@kylekuzma) April 11, 2018
— Lonzo Ball (@ZO2_) April 11, 2018
S/O to Andre Ingram… That was inspirational my brotha! Keep it going. God’s got you!
— Isaiah Thomas (@isaiahthomas) April 11, 2018
Andre is definitely a source of inspiration for many people out there, especially those who may think they’re past their prime to even get in shape, let alone consider playing a sport at such a high level.
If you don’t think you have what it takes to take your athleticism and fitness to another level due to your age, think again. Plenty of men out there are older and still kicking ass in their 30s, 40s, and beyond. Just take a look at The Rock, Hugh Jackman, and Anthony Bourdain to get a dose of motivation.
Not sure what to do to get back into the fitness game? Remember, it’s not always about how intense or heavy you go when you workout. Plus, gaining muscle mass as you age is more important than you think in order to stay healthy and fit.
Remember, age is just a number.
By Gilbert Wong, Men’s Health Content Producer