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15 Athletes Who Should Be Preparing For a Second Career

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There comes a time in every athlete's life when they realize that they don't quite have it anymore. Even if they do still have it, they may come to notice they're getting too old to be a professional athlete. These 15 athletes are fast approaching this stage of their runs and will have to consider a second career soon.

15. Torii Hunter

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15. Torii Hunter

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Hunter signed a one-year deal with his former team, the Minnesota Twins. This could be looked at as a sign he wants to return to where it all began before hanging up the cleats and pursuing something else to do with his life.

14. Martin Brodeur

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14. Martin Brodeur

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Even though he signed with the St. Louis Blues recently, Martin Brodeur is nearing the end of the road. One of the greatest goalies in NHL history, the man in his 40s will have to eventually find what interests him outside of hockey.

13. Drew Brees

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13. Drew Brees

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It has been made known that the New Orleans Saints plan on drafting a quarterback early in the 2015 draft meaning they're already planning the transition away from Brees. Even though he probably has three good years left in him, he's going to have to find another job in the near future.

12. Josh Hamilton

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12. Josh Hamilton

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Hamilton isn't even that old, but he can't stay healthy enough to stay on the field. If his injury problems keep ruining his once-promising career, he may be forced to leave the game and go after something else with his life.

11. Frank Gore

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11. Frank Gore

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Backs in the NFL usually don't even last as long as Gore has, but he's toward the end of the line. He may have one more year as a starter in the NFL, but after that he can either decide to be a backup for a couple years or do something else outside of football.

10. Ray Allen

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10. Ray Allen

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The best three-point shooter of all time just doesn't have anything left in the tank. Obviously he can still shoot, but he can't seem to do much else that's required of NBA players during the course of a game. In his old age, Allen will have to find something else to do during the time he'd normally be playing basketball.

9. Kevin Garnett

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9. Kevin Garnett

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KG is a living legend in the NBA, but his time to retire soon will come. When that happens, he will have to channel his passion for basketball into a different career.

8. Jason Giambi

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8. Jason Giambi

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Giambi has survived in the major leagues for such a long time that it's incredibly impressive. However, the power hitter is likely going to retire either this offseason or next. After that, he could pursue a different career in or out of baseball.

7. Tom Brady

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7. Tom Brady

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Brady is a living legend and is still playing as well as ever this season, but in a couple years, he will unfortunately retire. It will be a sad day for the New England Patriots, but given the amount of money he's made in his career, he'll be in no rush to find another job.

6. David Ortiz

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6. David Ortiz

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Big Papi is one of the best postseason hitters of all time, but he's getting old. His power will die down soon enough, and he will be forced to do something else after baseball.

5. Adrian Peterson

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5. Adrian Peterson

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Peterson's best days are behind him, and his reputation is in shambles after his child abuse scandal. He will still play for few more years, but he can't play for much longer. It's time for him to start sharpening some of his skills outside of football.

4. Peyton Manning

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4. Peyton Manning

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Manning has been one of the most amazing quarterbacks in his 30s ever. However, his body is bound to fail him at some point. After that, he can likely do something in entertainment as he's great in the many commercials he's been in over the years.

3. Tim Duncan

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3. Tim Duncan

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Duncan has to be one of the most underrated NBA players ever. He's the best power forward to ever play the game, and this season has the potential to be his last. He seems like he's a smart guy, so he should be able to find something productive to do when he's done playing basketball.

2. Kobe Bryant

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2. Kobe Bryant

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While he doesn't want to come to grips with it quite yet, Kobe Bryant is nearing the end of the line. Pretty much all he's ever known is basketball, so it could be a struggle for him to move on in life without being involved in the game in some capacity.

1. Alex Rodriguez

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1. Alex Rodriguez

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A-Rod is the most annoying athlete on the planet right now, and he's finally going to be playing for the Yankees again next season. He probably won't be playing much longer, though. He might be hard pressed to find someone who will hire him given the fact he's seemingly ticked off everyone in the past year and a half.

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