13 Most Shocking Sports Retirements of All Time


On Monday night the sports world received word of one of the most shocking sports retirements we’ve seen in a long time. San Francisco 49ers linebacker Chris Borland, just 24 years old, announced he was hanging up his cleats for good.

What made the announcement so shocking was not just the fact that Borland is young, or the fact that he had just one NFL season under his belt, or the fact that he was just one more solid season away from becoming a very rich man. Titans quarterback Jake Locker retired a few weeks ago at the age of 26, and everybody was like, huh, okay.

What made Borland’s retirement so shocking is the reason he gave. In a nutshell, he’s afraid the multiple concussions he’d suffer over the course of a long career would turn his brain to mush. And he doesn’t want to die young.

Talk about a sobering thought.

At this point, it’s still too early to assess where Borland’s retirement will ultimately rank among the most shocking sports retirements of all time. We’ll have to wait and see how it impacts the NFL and future players. But today we’re going to take a look at some of the other shocking retirements to give you a sense of context.

Have a look.



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