Odd and premature retirements

RICHMOND, TX - NOVEMBER 23: Lorena Ochoa of Mexico poses with her Player of the Year trophy after the final round of the LPGA Tour Championship presented by Rolex at the Houstonian Golf and Country Club on November 23, 2009 in Richmond, Texas. (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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