Top 10 NFL Players Who Retired Too EarlyRetirement is an inevitable thing that everyone will eventually go through. The NFL is no different. Some players retire after a long career, injuries, or just lost passion for the game. For all the players who retire there’s always a few who choose to hang up the cleats way too soon. Here’s some of those players
When Barry Sanders was playing he was an absolute beast. He played 10 seasons with the Lions going to the pro bowl every year. He also broke countless records and was only 1,500 yards away from passing Walter Payton's record. While he was still in his prime the reason why he retired was because of the mismanagement and failure of the Lions organization to build a winning team
Here we have the most recent player to call it quits at only 29. In fact on August 24 2019 he made it official. Injuries had taken a toll on his body and he felt he wouldn't be the same player. Fair enough reason I just wish he wasn't on a team like Indianapolis. They didn't deserve him
Yes, he retired earlier than people expected, but you can understand why he retired. He's been injury riddled his whole career, and the colts fans booing him really showed they don't respect him as a person, but an asset for winning.
The timing is the biggest problem here. He retired a week in a half before the season starts leaving The Colts witout a starting QB. If he had retired maybe in May or June The Colts would've had a chance to either sign a QB or draft one.
When he was playing for the Browns he was a near unstoppable man. He led the league in rushing in every season except one and was voted to the pro bowl in nearly every season. He's arguably the greatest athlete to come through Cleveland (until Lebron)
Much like Barry Sanders Megatron walked away from the Lions Likely due to them being a losing organization. He was just 30 when he decided to hang up the cleats and was coming off a 9 touchdown, 1,200 yard campaign in 2014. His retirement might also have something to do with the physical toll of football
Another player who recently retired while at the top. Makes sense considering he just wasn't the same last year. Injuries had taken a toll on him so it makes sense
I think we saw this one coming though. He was always missing at least half the season due to injuries.
A fairly recent example that may soon become common practice. He played only one season with the Niners and called it quits due to health concerns. He had a decent rookie campaign in his only season but it's understandable why he hung up the cleats
He played running back for the Vikings and after suffering a few injuries early on he became a force to be reckoned with playing from 1993-2000. He was 28 when he called it quits
A stud wide receiver who played 8 seasons with the Jets (1985-1992) he was forced into retirement after 9 concussions in his 8 seasons. This was also before player safety was a top priority.
Started off as a key player on John Elway's Broncos and their back to back Super Bowls but after that he suffered an ACL and MCL tear and was never the same player as before. But at least he has 2 rings unlike a lot of other guys on this list
Man what is it with Detroit Lions Players being on this list? Sims was a Heisman trophy winner in 1978 and after being drafted by the Lions he was a Star early on in his career before suffering a horrific knee injury in 1984 from that point he could just never fully recover from it
although he was 36, he had a baseball injury that forced him to retire a little early but not before he led the New York football Giants to the 1927 NFL Championship. That's the stuff of legend.