Odd and premature retirements

ORLANDO, FL - JANUARY 30: Apparel on display at the Bobby Jones booth at the 2010 PGA Merchandise Show at the Orange County Convention Center on January 30, 2010 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

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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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