Odd and premature sports retirements

JUN 1974: BJORN BORG OF SWEDEN PREPARES TO MAKE A SERVE DURING A MATCH AT THE 1974 WIMBLEDON TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS.

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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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