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Star athletes who couldn't outlast Jaromir Jagr

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The ageless Jaromir Jagr (3:32)

Linda Cohn sits down with Panthers winger Jaromir Jagr, who gives us a glimpse into his personality and the workout routine he credits with allowing him to continue playing at a high level in his 40s. (3:32)

Jaromir Jagr has gone on record as saying that Peyton Manning should not retire. The 44-year-old doesn't believe in going out on top.

"Why do you want to retire when your team won the championship? It wouldn't make sense to me. I'm always thinking differently than everybody else. Why you should retire on the top? I don't get it," Jagr said after the Denver Broncos won the Super Bowl. "People say you should retire when you're the best. What's the reason? It doesn't make sense to me. Are you wanting to die when you hit 35 when you feel the best? You know what I mean?"

Even if we do know what Jagr means, it is clear that what he is accomplishing at his age is beyond explanation.

Jagr played his first NHL game on Oct. 5, 1990. That night he was playing against current NHL head coaches Joel Quenneville and Dave Tippett.

There were 11 players in this year's NHL All-Star Game who were not born when Jagr played his first NHL game, including his Florida Panthers' teammate Aaron Ekblad. And the same is true of more than one-third of the league.

The Panthers' franchise didn't even exist then.

So what else has come and gone in that time?

Here are some recently retired athletes and what they were doing in 1990:

Peyton Manning -- Manning retires with two Super Bowl rings. He is the NFL's all-time leader in passing touchdowns, passing yards and quarterback wins. He played in 266 NFL games, but he still didn't last nearly as long as Jagr. Manning was 14 years old when Jagr debuted in the NHL. By the time Manning made the Colts' roster, Jagr was starting his ninth season with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Kobe Bryant -- We've seen Bryant go from a confident 18-year-old to an aging veteran since being drafted in 1996. But when Jagr started playing in the NHL, Bryant was still living in Italy while his father was playing professional basketball.

Martin Brodeur -- Drafted by the New Jersey Devils with the 20th overall pick in the 1990 NHL draft (Jagr was taken with the fifth pick), Brodeur didn't get his first NHL action until one season after Jagr when he played four games during the 1991-92 season. Brodeur won the Calder Trophy for the 1993-94 season.

Martin St. Louis -- The undrafted, undersized forward wouldn't play his first NHL game until 1998-99. In 1990, St. Louis turned 15 and was one year away from playing for the Laval-Laurentides of the QAAA.

Derek Jeter -- Jeter played 2,747 games for the Yankees in less time than Jagr has been an NHL player. Jeter wasn't drafted until 1992, around the same time the Penguins were winning their second Cup in as many seasons.

Steve Nash -- In his first full year of retirement, Nash is still putting off a full-time NBA job. But maybe at 16 years old, the Canadian was watching Jagr's first game?

Ed Reed -- Reed played 174 games in the NFL before announcing his retirement in 2015. But he was only 12 years old when Jagr played the first of his 1,612 regular-season games.

Tim Hudson -- Hudson left the mound at 40 years old after 17 seasons in the majors, but his career didn't begin until 1999, at a point when Jagr was already a two-time Stanley Cup winner. In 1990, Hudson was still in high school in Alabama.

Abby Wambach -- Wambach ended her career on Dec. 16, 2015. Only 10 years old when Jagr played his first game, Wambach won an NCAA national championship as a freshman at the University of Florida in 1998 and played her first game for the U.S. women's soccer team in 2001.

Jeff Gordon -- In 1990, Gordon was 19 and being named the USAC National Midget Series Champion. It wasn't until 1991 when he was named the Busch Series rookie of the year, and in 1993 he became the Winston Cup Series rookie of the year.

Floyd Mayweather -- Mayweather says he is retired, ending his career with a 49-0 record and world titles in five weight divisions over 19 years. He was 13 years old when Jagr began his NHL career.

Daniel Bryan -- The 34-year-old Bryan was forced to retire from the WWE because of concussion issues. He first signed with the WWE in 2009 and became a star in 2012. But he was only 9 years old when Jagr entered the NHL ring.