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Greatest early retirements

As Ricky Williams walks away from the NFL, we dig up the top 10 most significant early retirements of all time.

Originally Published: July 19, 2004
By Jeff Merron | Page 2

If Ricky Williams stays retired, he'll be the unusual -- but not unique -- pro athlete who walks away with good years (and good money) remaining. These are the 10 greatest, earliest sports retirees, guys who left their sports when they could still really play. We didn't consider guys who retired early and came back -- Michael Jordan, Mario Lemieux, Ryne Sandberg, Sugar Ray Leonard -- or guys who were forced to leave early due to injuries, like Bo Jackson or Don Drysdale.

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