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Best performances from Boston athletes after turning 40 years old

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Best performances from Boston athletes after turning 40 years old

Tom Brady is defying the odds. 

The Patriots quarterback is celebrating his 42nd birthday Saturday and the GOAT is still one of the best players in the NFL. His peers just ranked him as No. 6 on the Top 100 players from the 2018 season.

But Brady isn't ready to call it quits. He has repeatedly cited a desire to play until he's 45, and it would be foolish to bet against him at this point.

He's already had more success after turning 40 than most quarterbacks do over their entire career, but he's not the only athlete to not just play, but thrive, after age 40.

From Robert Parish to Ted Williams to Zdeno Chara to David Ortiz, Boston sports history is full of great seasons from the "over-the-hill" set.

Click here for our list of the best performances from Red Sox, Celtics, Bruins, and Patriots after turning 40 years old.>>>>>

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Ex-Red Sox reliever Mike Timlin unhurt after witnessing Vegas shooting

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Ex-Red Sox reliever Mike Timlin unhurt after witnessing Vegas shooting

Ex-Red Sox reliever Mike Tlmlin was among the 22,000 in the crowd in Las Vegas when a gunman opened fire and killed 58 people in the worst mass shooting in US history Sunday night. 

Timlin tweeted that all in his party at the Route 91 Harvest Festival outside the Mandalay Bay resort in Las Vegas were OK. He also tweeted a photo from the concert before the shooting. 

The shooter, identified as  Stephen Paddock, 64, from Mesquite, Nevada, opened fire on concert goers below from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel. More than 500 people were wounded or injured in the chaos. 

Timlin, who had an 18-year career as a major league pitcher, was part of World Series champions with the Red Sox in 2004 and 2007. He's an avid hunter and said he's accustomed to the sound of gunfire. 

“Dude have heard gun fire before,” Timlin wrote. “I know it is different when coming at you. That is some scary s–t.”

Boston Herald sports columnist Steve Buckley reached Timlin by phone this morning, but he declined to comment.