Athletes Who Retired Before Anyone Expected

Bo Jackson

Bo Jackson’s exploits as a professional athlete have been well documented. The Heisman Trophy-winning football player went on to be an elite player in both the NFL and in MLB. As it pertained to his football career, Jackson — a fantastic running back — saw his career completely compromised during the 1990 playoffs.

Jackson endured a damaging hip injury during a playoff game versus the Cincinnati Bengals. This injury ultimately forced Jackson to retire from the NFL at age 29. Though he did continue his baseball career for three more seasons, Jackson’s athletic career as a high-end competitor ended with that hip injury.

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