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APR 14 1994: MINNESOTA CENTER FIELDER KIRBY PUCKETT WATCHES THE BALL IN THE AIR AFTER HE CONNECTED ON AN OAKLAND PITCH DURING THE TWINS GAME VERSUS THE A'S AT THE OAKLAND COLISEUM. Mandatory Credit: Otto Greule/ALLSPORT

Odd and premature sports retirements

Yahoo SportsMarch 8, 2016

The Detroit Lions announced Tuesday that WR Calvin Johnson has retired. Johnson, who walks away at age 30, signed a 7-year contract extension in 2012 worth $113.5 million. Here's a look back at some other odd, abrupt or premature retirements by star athletes over the years.

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