7 Athletes Who Retired Too Soon

Rashard Mendenhall decided to walk away from the NFL at the ripe, old-age of 26 and for several good reasons. He’s earned enough to live in the upper tax bracket for quite some time, has expressed interests in learning more about the world and was nothing but honest about his lack of love for continuing to play football anymore.

Some might think he’s nuts for walking away from a season where he might have earned an estimated 13 million dollars. But within his sport and outside of it, Mendenhall isn’t alone. Professional athletes walking away from “the life” has happened numerous times in the past and will surely happen again. Here’s a list of other former pro athletes that said goodbye to the game before their time.