With the announcement from Robbie Rogers that he will be retiring from soccer, the young footballer joins a long list of athletes who exited the stage too soon.
Mia Hamm– Hamm decided to leave the game at the age of 32. She accumulated 158 career goals for the U.S. national team in 275 games.
Sam Hutchinson– The 21 year old English defender had to step away from the game due to injuries
Alan Shearer– After the Euro 2000 Alan Shearer retired from international play at 29-years-old.
Michael Jordan– I know you are probably thinking, didn’t he play until he was 40! But in 1993 Jordan had his first retirement from basketball at the age of 30.
Jay Williams- The Duke star and 2002 second overall draft pick saw his career end after only one season in the NBA due to a terrible motorcycle accident. He now works on ESPN as an analyst.
Barry Sanders– Sanders played 10 years in the NFL for the Detroit Lions. He ranks third all time in rushing yards, and likely would have finished first if not for his retirement.
Jim Brown- Retiring at 29-years-old and in his prime! Brown was elected to the Pro Bowl in every season he played in the NFL. He was also a three-time MVP…what if LeBron retired right now?!?
Bo Jackson– Although Bo Jackson played multiple sports, his NFL career was only four years. He also scored 16 touchdowns as a back up before a hip injury derailed his career.
Annika Sorenstam– She retired in 2008 at 38. She ranks third all time LPGA tour wins and ended her career with 10 majors.