When you fall in love with athletes, you just assume they’ll never leave the game. I mean, how could they? They’re at the top of their prime, why on earth would they ever retire and retire young on top of that. Well these 15 athletes did just that, leaving hearts broken all over the globe.
This running back spent his entire professional career with the Detroit Lions. He’s a member of both the college and professional football halls of fame, and was even ranked by NFL Top 10 as the most elusive runner in NFL history; he also sadly topped the list of greatest players never to reach the Super Bowl. Averaging over 1,500 rushing yards per season, Sanders would leave the game 1,457 yards short of breaking the NFL all-time rushing record at the time.