By RantSports Staff on May 15, 2014
Hanging on too long is a very common thing in the world of athletics. Many sports stars don't want to admit that they've lost a step or that their best days are behind them. It happens all the time.
But here are 10 athletes who'd had enough before their prime was even over:
Borg shocked the tennis world by hanging up his racket in 1983 at only 26-years of age. He attempted a comeback in the early 1990s, but was a shell of his former self.
The former Giants RB walked away after a 1,662 rushing yard season in 2006. He too failed in his comeback attempt in 2011.
The legendary lefty walked away from baseball at age 30 after posting 27 wins and a 1.73 ERA in 1966, citing arthritis in his throwing arm.
Marciano, who many consider the greatest of all time, retired from boxing at just 32. He went out on top, though, sporting a 49-0 unblemished record.
Bo's early retirement from the NFL in 1991 was the result of a nasty hip injury. He was able to continue his baseball career until 1994. The photo here is actually his last play ever in the NFL.
Sorenstam shocked the golf world by walking away in 2008 when she was still on top of her game.
The late, great Pat Tillman was over playing football in 2002 when his country needed him post-911. He turned down millions, quit football and joined the military.
The best player in Browns history retired after just nine seasons. He had plenty of gas left in the tank, but instead went on to a television and film career.
Only MJ could retire after winning three straight NBA championships and start playing minor league baseball.
This one still breaks Lions fans' hearts, as it should. The best running back in football retired prior to the 1999 season after racking up 15,269 yards over 10 seasons (never less than 1,000 yards in a season).
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