Odd and premature retirements

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WILLIAMSBURG, VA - MAY 11: Annika Sorenstam of Sweden hits her tee shot on the 15th hole during the final round of the Michelob Ultra Open at Kingsmill Resort & Spa on May 11, 2008 in Williamsburg, Virginia. (Photo by Hunter Martin/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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