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Top 15 Athletes Who Looked Better At The End Of Their Career

Professional sports take a toll on athletes mentally and physically. Injuries, broken bones, missing teeth, and concussions are all common are among the cons of playing pro sports. Athletes give their all to play the sport they love, so we often see players being glued back together, taped up, or having blood cleaned off their wounds during a game. For tough athletes, they’ll have this taken care of and be back playing as soon as possible. A broken bone or a little blood is nothing for NBA, NHL, MLB and NFLers who eat, sleep, and breathe their sport. This sometimes can affect their physical appearance. At the end of the day, they’re not entered in a beauty pageant; they’re there to play.

For other athletes, they were so young at the beginning of their career that one could wonder if their voice had even dropped at the time they were drafted. Whether they grew out their hockey flow just a bit too long, sport the playoff beard well beyond the Stanley Cup final, or let their hair get a bit out of control like Troy Polamalu’s one million dollar insured mane, some of these men look nearly repulsive at the start of their careers.

Needless to say, professional athletes aren’t always looking their finest during their seasons. Like a fine wine, some athletes actually got better looking with age, whether it can be attributed to maturity, learning to clean themselves up, looking more presentable, or perhaps their wives being responsible for their five-star transformations. Regardless, the following are 15 players who were much more attractive at the end of their career than when they started out.

15 Dennis Rodman

Young: celebritypost.net / Old: blogs.independent.co.uk

14 Wayne Gretzky

Young: coppernblue.com / Old: proicehockey.about.com

13 Matt Birk

Young: latesthuddle.com / Old: medicaldaily.com

12 Jeff Saturday

Like Matt Birk, Jeff Saturday has lost a lot of weight since retiring. No wonder the Broncos couldn't lure him back. pic.twitter.com/wILRS2gq7q

— David P. Woods (@davidpwoods) August 12, 2013

11 Nick Hardwick

via ftw.usatoday.com

10 Jordan Gross

via catscratchreader.com

9 Mats Sundin

Young: svd.se / Old: faceoff.com

8 Steve Nash

Young: reddit.com / Old: opposingviews.com

7 Robert Swift

Young: si.com / Old: foxsports.com

6 Kurt Rambis

Young: baconsports.com / Old: lakernation.com

5 Mike Miller

Young: grizzlybearblues.com / Old: beaumontenterprise.com

4 Chris Kaman

Young: fanduel.com / Old: dailyfantasysportspicks.com

3 Scot Pollard

Young: beyondthebleachers.wordpress.com / Old: en.wikipedia.org

2 Adam Morrison

Young: totalprosports.com / Old: sports.yahoo.com

1 Jaromir Jagr

Young: pensburgh.com / Old: nj.com

At the beginning of Jaromir Jagr’s professional career in 1988 he rocked a serious fluffy mullet. Try to look at a picture of him from the beginning of his career without laughing. The Billy Ray Cyrus look was not in Jagr’s favour. Now, nearing the end of his career at the age of 43, I’m happy to report that Jaromir Jagr has cut off his long locks. It turns out he was actually hiding a handsome face under the curly mop of hair. Needless to say, Jagr cleans up well and has left his mullet days in the past.

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