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Terrell Owens, Ken Griffey, Shaq at end

Every athletic career comes to a conclusion; how stars confront that reality varies

Updated: May 18, 2010, 9:10 AM ET
By Roy S. Johnson | Special to ESPN.com

They should have seen it coming; they probably didn't.

Terrell Owens probably had no clue -- even as it began to stare him down last season, like a frothing young cornerback at the line of scrimmage.

Shaq probably thought he could run from it, leaving it behind in Phoenix as he escaped to Cleveland.

Ken Griffey Jr.? He might have simply slept as it crept up on him in Seattle.

I call "it" the End Game, and it's a scary, unrelenting beast. ...

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