Odd and premature retirements

Getty Images
14 Nov 1999: Pat Tillman #40 of the Arizona Cardinals runs to catch the pass during the game against the Detroit Lions at the Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the Lions 23-19. Mandatory Credit: Tom Hauck /Allsport

View gallery

22 photos

30-year old New Jersey Devils player Ilya Kovalchuk announced his retirement. He retires with $77 million and 12 years remaining on his contract. Here's a look back at some odd, abrupt or premature retirements by star athletes over the years.

Photos: Ronde Barber's career | Photos: Athletes going out on top | Bryant to make retirement decision before next season

View Comments