Odd and premature retirements

15 May 1996: Press photographers take shots of Los Angeles Lakers guard Magic Johnson after he announced his retirement during a press conference held at the Great Western Forum in Inglewood, California. Mandatory Credit: Jed Jacobsohn/Allsport

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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.

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