Odd and premature retirements

� ST. LOUIS, MO - DECEMBER 16: Brett Favre #4 of the Green Bay Packers laughs while on the sideline against the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome December 16, 2007 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Packers beat the Rams 33-14. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/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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