MINNEAPOLIS -- The hardest thing for any athlete to do is give up the game, especially when age and injuries are what sideline you. But, for one quarterback in Minneapolis, giving up isn't an option.
"I guess I've been able to throw a football for a long time and I continue to do it," says Dennis "Bart" Bartholomew.
Bart, you could say, is the senior player on his Minneapolis touch football team, and when we say senior, we mean it. At 63-years-old the quarterback is in most cases more than twice the age of the other players on his team.
"My son plays and he's 33 years old, so I kinda double him up on age. I've got a nephew that's younger than that," he says.
Most people in the league are in their 20's and 30's. Some are old enough to have children, Bart is old enough to have four grandchildren. His son, Eric Bartholomew, grew up watching dad play, now they're on the same team.
"It's fun when you got a lot of young teams out here that see him and sometimes kind of underplay him a little bit, and we'll end up beating them by four touchdowns," says Eric.
Slow down? Not a chance. Bart plans to lead the "Triple Crown" to the state tournament in October, and he'll be back next season too.
He's also involved in a little thing called Senior Softball. Don't let the name fool you. Bart says guys on the team are hitting balls more than 300 yards. Not too shabby for a grandpa.
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