Odd and premature retirements

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

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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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