We recently showed you the athlete from each of the four major U.S. sports that have looked Father Time directly in the eyes, laughed, and continued to play well into their 40's. Today we're going to examine the other end of the timeline and check out the youngest active professional athlete from the NFL, NBA, MLB, and NHL.
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Let's look at four professional athletes who are playing with the big boys despite being so young of age.
NFL: JuJu Smith-Schuster – 21 Years Old
The breakout wide receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers played half of the 2017-18 NFL campaign at the incredibly young age of just 20 until he finally turned 21 this past November.
The 6' 2", 220-pound stud finished his USC career with 213 catches for over 3,000 yards and 25 touchdowns. The Steelers took him 62nd overall in the 2017 NFL Draft, and he rewarded them with 58 catches for 917 yards and 7 scores, including this 97-yard TD beauty against the Lions.
NBA: Ike Anigbogu – 19 Years and 129 Days Old
Edging out fellow 19-year-old hoopsters like Markelle Fultz and Jayson Tatum, Anigbogu was taken with the 47th overall selection in the 2017 NBA Draft after spending one season at UCLA.
He has appeared in 10 games for Indiana this season and was recently given the opportunity to further develop his game after the Pacers assigned him to the Mad Ants of the NBA G League.
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MLB: Rafael Devers – 21 Years Old
Considering spring training has just started for the 2018 campaign, we could see an even younger player making a squad's starting roster in April, but at the moment the crown for youngest Major League Baseball player belongs to third baseman Rafael Devers of the Boston Red Sox.
After getting called up to the pros in July of 2017, Devers finished with an impressive .284 average along with 10 homers and 30 RBIs. He became the youngest player to ever smack an inside-the-park homer in the postseason when he did so against the Astros in last year's ALDS.
NHL: Alex Formenton – 18 Years Old
Similar to baseball, tracking down the youngest NHL player can be a bit tricky as fellas are constantly being called up from minor and developmental leagues like the OHL and AHL, but young Alex Formenton got a bit of ice time this year with the Ottawa Senators at the crazy-young age of just 18.