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What was the worst/saddest retirement?

Jim Brown
0 (0%)
MJ 1
0 (0%)
Magic Johnson
3 (25%)
MJ2
0 (0%)
Barry Sanders
2 (16.7%)
Larry Bird
3 (25%)
Lou Gerhig
4 (33.3%)
Gale Sayers
0 (0%)

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What was the worst/saddest retirement?
« on: January 20, 2013, 03:15:19 PM »

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I wish I could add more options but maybe this is fine

Re: What was the worst/saddest retirement?
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Lou Gherig

Re: What was the worst/saddest retirement?
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Gale Sayers.

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« Reply #3 on: January 20, 2013, 03:20:47 PM »

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I forgot ancient history. I apologize.

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« Reply #4 on: January 20, 2013, 03:26:37 PM »

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I forgot ancient history. I apologize.

I think Jim Brown's was before Sayers. Not sure, though.

+1 for thread.

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« Reply #5 on: January 20, 2013, 03:36:40 PM »

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I know its trite, but Larry Bird's retirement ceremony was kind of emotional for my dad. I was a bit young (less than 10) to really understand it at the time.

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I'm being a homer here, but Larry Bird.  His career was far too short.

For non-Celtics, Barry Sanders' was the most abrupt and "too soon" that I've seen.


D. Cousins / F. Ezeli / P. Antic
D. West / R. Anderson / C. Copeland
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Bird was hard, so to was McHale.  He had played a lot on a broken foot and has a limp to this day.

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Favre.  It was a pathetic charade.

Emotionally saddening? Probably Bird.  And it was frustrating to watch Sanders retire when he was near the top of his game and so close to Payton.


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You can only add five options?


D. Cousins / F. Ezeli / P. Antic
D. West / R. Anderson / C. Copeland
L. Deng / V. Carter / D. Rudez
A. Iguodala / M. Ginobil / B. Gordon
K. Irving / S. Livingston / S. Blake

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Re: What was the worst/saddest retirement?
« Reply #10 on: January 20, 2013, 04:02:01 PM »

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I wish I could add more options but maybe this is fine

You can only add five options?
I just kept pressing add option and nothing happened like in the good old days when I could make meaningless polls to my heart's content

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« Reply #11 on: January 20, 2013, 04:12:48 PM »

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i know this is weird but i remember Todd McCullough's being sad. No injury, but some sort of neurodegenerative disorder that robbed his ability to play. those ones are tough.

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Eja, thanks for adding the "ancients" to the poll. Sometimes I forget how old I am and get sobering reminders like this which show my age.

It was tough between Gale Sayers and Lou Gerhig.

I voted Gerhig because of the ALS shortening his career and it was an incredible career.

Sayers, though, was the most talented running back that I have ever seen. Power, speed, agility, shiftiness, smooth, he looked looked like he was running in slow motion. Ran back punts and kickoffs too. A staggering talent who's knees did him in. His nickname, the Kansas Comet, was appropriate, not just because of his blazing speed, but because he flared out way too soon.

Thanks again for the additions.

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Speaking of Gale Sayers, what about Brian Piccolo?

I might want to change my vote to Lou Gehrig. 


D. Cousins / F. Ezeli / P. Antic
D. West / R. Anderson / C. Copeland
L. Deng / V. Carter / D. Rudez
A. Iguodala / M. Ginobil / B. Gordon
K. Irving / S. Livingston / S. Blake

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Speaking of Gale Sayers, what about Brian Piccolo?

I might want to change my vote to Lou Gehrig.

Brian Piccolo, while sad, terribly sad, I dunno. Lackluster career, heartbreaking story.

Comparing him to just a guy like Reggie Lewis, for example, I think Piccolo, and I have cried during that movie, loses that particular head to head.

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