By DJ Siddiqi @DJSiddiqi on June 3, 2014
There are some athletes who don't know when to call it quits. Actually, that statement could be said for most athletes. There are different reasons for why athletes don't retire when they should. Some say it's for the love of the game, some continue playing for the paycheck and others try to recapture their past glory by holding on too long. Regardless of the reason, here are 15 washed up athletes who need to retire already.
Some may disagree with this selection, but Michael Vick hasn't had a productive season in four years. Vick may have been the best story of the 2010 season, as he had the finest season of his pro career when he led the Philadelphia Eagles to a division title and a playoff berth after spending time in prison. However, Vick has struggled through injuries the past three seasons and has accumulated just a 12-17 record.
Unlike the previous selection, most will agree on this -- Steve Nash needs to retire. The former two-time NBA MVP can't even stay on the court due to lingering back issues. Whereas older guys like Ray Allen may not be in their primes but are still key contributors to their respective teams, Nash can't contribute because he can't even play in games. The 40-year-old played in just 15 games this past season while shooting 38 percent from the field.
While Derek Fisher continues to play valuable minutes for championship contending teams such as the Oklahoma City Thunder, it's probably in his best interest just to retire. Rumor has it that Phil Jackson would like to make Derek Fisher the new head coach of the New York Knicks. Like Jason Kidd before him, Fisher could easily make the transition from player to coach in just one season.
Watching Chauncey Billups over the past couple of seasons has been excruciating. Similar to the Nash situation, Billups can't even stay on the court due to injuries. Over the past three seasons, Billups has played in a collective total of 61 games. There was hope that Billups would finish his career on a high note while returning to the Detroit Pistons for the 2013-14 season, but a left knee injury limited him to just 19 games.
It's a great story that Jason Giambi is still playing at the age of 43. Considering Giambi received a lot of flack for using performance-enhancing drugs earlier in his career, the fact that Giambi has become sort of a player/coach for the Cleveland Indians is worth admiring. However, Giambi just isn't productive as a player anymore. He's batting .183 during the 2014 season. The Indians need to stop wasting a roster spot on the veteran.
Martin Brodeur made his fifth Stanley Cup Finals appearance just two years ago when the New Jersey Devils fell to the Los Angeles Kings in 2012. Over the past couple of seasons, he has struggled with injuries, most notably a pinched nerve in his back that sidelined him during the 2012-13 season. He has played in just 68 games over the past two seasons. At 42 years old, Brodeur has nothing left to prove.
Ed Reed should have retired after the Baltimore Ravens won Super Bowl XLVII. Ray Lewis went out with a championship, and Reed have as well. Unfortunately, the Houston Texans were willing to shell out $ 5 million guaranteed on a three-year contract to Reed. It was maybe the worst free agent signing in 2013. He was released by the Texans midway through the season before being signed by the New York Jets.
It's odd listing a guy who's not even 27 years old on this list, but Andrew Bynum defies all logic. Bynum has suffered numerous injuries to his aching knees since he was 20 years old. He's been acquired and signed by teams such as the Philadelphia 76ers, Cleveland Cavaliers and Indiana Pacers with the hope that he'd recapture his playing form from earlier in his career. Instead, due to Bynum's laziness, he never truly contributes.
It's clear Manny Ramirez is going the Jason Giambi route. Hoping to just play in MLB again, Ramirez has become a player-coach for the Chicago Cubs' AAA team. Ramirez has not played in the majors since 2011, but he has signed minor league deals with three MLB teams in the hopes that he can make it back to the big stage. At the age of 42, Ramirez should just become a permanent coach and call it quits.
Kenyon Martin is similar to a lot of the aforementioned players on this list. He was once a top-tier player who made a lot of money earlier in his career and continues to make a good amount of money just because he's a veteran who once played at a high level. Martin made $ 1.4 million while playing for the New York Knicks this past season. In 32 games, he contributed four points and three boards a game.
Basketball is a brutal sport, but nothing compares to football. Steven Jackson will be 32 years old entering 2014. His 2,552 career carries are the most of any active NFL player and the 21st-most of any player in NFL history. Jackson was slowed down by injuries in 2013 in his first season with the Atlanta Falcons. He ran for a career-low 543 yards on 3.5 yards per carry. You see the trend here?
It was nice to see Al Harrington return to the NBA this season and make a nice contribution to the upstart Washington Wizards. He contributed about seven points a game after becoming a member of the rotation midway through the season. However, Harrington went through a rough time rehabbing knee injuries just to make it back on the court. At the age of 34, the veteran forward should retire for his own health.
This is one of those situations where you know an NBA player won't officially retire. Metta World Peace was once one of the best defensive players in the game. He won an NBA Championship with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2010 as a starter on the team. However, at the age of 34, his game has regressed so much to the point where his defensive abilities are no longer that great. He averaged just five points per game in 29 games played in 2013-14.
Jermaine O'Neal actually started three games of the Golden State Warriors' recent playoff run. Despite being 35 years of age with chronic knee issues, O'Neal was a member of the rotation of the Warriors' 2013-14 season. O'Neal will be a free agent this year, but don't expect him to retire -- the Warriors will likely re-sign O'Neal for one more season.
This one is a bit perplexing considering Vince Young was a two-time Pro Bowler in his four seasons as a starter in the NFL. Not only that, but Young was a winning quarterback -- he accumulated a 31-19 record during his NFL career. Yet in 2014, he can't make an active NFL roster. The Green Bay Packers released Young before the 2013 season, and the Cleveland Browns recently released Young just days after signing him.
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