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yungbreezy
10-22-2011, 03:42 PM
Post the main guy that comes to mind for you, from any sport.


For me it's Shaq.
In his prime, there was no more physically dominating player in the history of the NBA.
If he had have had the drive, focus and work ethic of someone like MJ or Kobe, he could have gone down as the greatest of all time.
I was watching the Lakers' championship runs last night, and it got me thinking about how far he'd fallen.
Watching him play those last few years in Phoenix, Cleveland and Boston, was painful. He should have retired in Miami, while he was still somewhat dominant.

magicmatt
10-22-2011, 03:44 PM
tom brady

1GGY
10-22-2011, 03:45 PM
brettfavre.jpeg

snakeyesbrahs
10-22-2011, 03:45 PM
Brett Favre

USAviator
10-22-2011, 03:45 PM
His pocketbook says he should have played exactly as long as he did.

jimbogr
10-22-2011, 03:47 PM
Kobe Bean Bryant

iamgenus
10-22-2011, 03:47 PM
Hate to say it but Jerry Rice :(

Should've retired after leaving Oakland.

Loswaldo
10-22-2011, 03:50 PM
Muhammad Ali

NewYorkMets
10-22-2011, 03:52 PM
srsly the first guy that came to mind was evander holyfield.

charity4thepoor
10-22-2011, 03:55 PM
tim tebow

.MANoWAR.
10-22-2011, 03:57 PM
in for a massive list which contains 90% of great players in all sports.

very few professional athletes retire at the top of their game in any sport... and if they do, the fans say they're crazy for retiring when they still have more to offer.

TexasMajor
10-22-2011, 04:00 PM
I'm also going with Shaq.

Big7Ben86
10-22-2011, 04:01 PM
cant really say brett favre, yes he did hang on for a long time but that year he had in minnesota really shocked people. then he fell off the next year and called it quits(we think)

i also agree with shaq, he lost a ton

wildchild11
10-22-2011, 04:03 PM
its tough to pick the perfect time to retire because you can finally get a ring in your old age, like mike strahan with the new york giants and jason kidd of the dallas mavericks.

jross2021
10-22-2011, 04:06 PM
its tough to pick the perfect time to retire because you can finally get a ring in your old age, like mike strahan with the new york giants and jason kidd of the dallas mavericks.

Gary Payton. Stat-wise he should have retired in '05, it was his last year with 10+ ppg, and 6+ apg, but he won a championship after that.

ArtVandelay15
10-22-2011, 04:07 PM
srsly the first guy that came to mind was evander holyfield.

ya same here, but boxing is a weird sport where you dont have to fight at the top level the whole time. Baseball, football, etc... are all played on the same level of competition.

....im just sayin Roberto Duran fought from 1967-2001

With that said, im going to vote for Jerry Rice

jross2021
10-22-2011, 04:11 PM
ya same here, but boxing is a weird sport where you dont have to fight at the top level the whole time. Baseball, football, etc... are all played on the same level of competition.

....im just sayin Roberto Duran fought from 1967-2001


the number of boxers that fight past their prime is ridiculous, I wasn't even thinking about boxing. And it hits them much harder than it does athletes in other sports.Every punch they take past their prime is just asking for increased head trauma.

And imo, it's because in other sports, players get offered money to play for a whole season, which they might think is a long time and they don't know what will happen, they don't wanna hurt their team, etc..

Boxers are paid for 1 fight, that could last a minute or an hour or 2. So they think, well, yeah, I have one more fight in me, and it just keeps going.

Pally13
10-22-2011, 04:26 PM
OP - that's immediately who I thought of when I read the thread title.

wildchild11
10-22-2011, 04:28 PM
If he had have had the drive, focus and work ethic of someone like MJ or Kobe, he could have gone down as the greatest of all time.


But he didn't.

And thats why MJ got to reap the rewards of being, quite possibly, the most famous athlete who ever lived. he put in those long cold lonely hours.

DirtyBulkLegend
10-22-2011, 04:28 PM
Mike Tyson

JoeHarder
10-22-2011, 04:33 PM
Greg Maddux, well past it when he returned to Chicago, was almost like another insult.

Like to forget Jerry Rice in a Seahawks uniform.

Pudge Rodriguez, Mike Piazza.

Deion Sanders with the Redskins and Ravens...

JoeHarder
10-22-2011, 04:38 PM
Emmitt Smith

magicmatt
10-22-2011, 04:55 PM
cant really say brett favre, yes he did hang on for a long time but that year he had in minnesota really shocked people. then he fell off the next year and called it quits(we think)

i also agree with shaq, he lost a tonactually he gained a ton

AreolaBorealis
10-22-2011, 04:59 PM
http://www.michaeljordansworld.com/pictures/images/michael_jordan_wizards_2.jpg

jross2021
10-22-2011, 05:01 PM
actually he gained a ton

more like 100 or so.

JoeHarder
10-22-2011, 05:11 PM
Saw him when he was well past his best...Ken Griffey Jr

jross2021
10-22-2011, 05:12 PM
Saw him when he was well past his best...Ken Griffey Jr

brb sleeping in the dugout

thefederalist
10-22-2011, 05:53 PM
there's something unholy about michael jordan in a wizards jersey

scotyg
10-22-2011, 06:06 PM
http://www.netbrawl.com/uploads/731307518f7bba8a56f3b531c4b5badc.jpg

tooo many concussions

Maximum
10-22-2011, 06:14 PM
http://i.usatoday.net/sports/_photos/2007/05/26/ufc-topper.jpg

FlabbyAndSick
10-22-2011, 06:14 PM
Larry Holmes

Advil
10-22-2011, 06:35 PM
Cam Newton

Shangius
10-22-2011, 06:39 PM
Aaron Rodgers

JoeHarder
10-22-2011, 07:12 PM
Tiger Woods is getting there.

Mac_xX
10-22-2011, 07:34 PM
Peter Forsberg

http://milehighsticking.com/files/2011/01/Forsberg-8_7.jpg

OptimusPoster
10-22-2011, 07:36 PM
http://www.allposters.com/IMAGES/PHO/AAEY001.jpg

Budly69
10-22-2011, 07:57 PM
MMA and boxing both need a seperate thread for this subject, its almost like its part of the sport to turn into a punching bag at the end of a career. Anyway, heres my list.

Football-Orlando Pace, Warren Sapp, Jerry Rice, Brett Favre, Daute Culpepper, McNabb, Jason Taylor, Ted Washington, Kevin Mawae, Olin Kruetz
Basketball-Shaq, Bird, Ewing, Yao Ming, Shawn Kemp, Gary Payton, Karl Malone, Dennis Rodman
MMA-Fedor, Liddell, Hughes, Wandy, Don Frye, Gary Goodridge, Ken Shamrock, Tank Abbott, Royce Gracie, Arlovski(I know he isnt that old)
Boxing-Only going to list one here... Larry "Flying Kick Off Of A Car" Holmes... dude was a hero to me growing up, and it blew watching him get handled by Tyson
Baseball-Ken Griffey jr, Nolan Ryan, Frank Thomas, Pudge Rodriguez
Soccer-Is for phaggots

Almost88
10-22-2011, 08:11 PM
Tiger Woods is getting there.

wot.


You know there's a senior pga right? He's gonna be playing for another 20 years lol

evgeney
10-22-2011, 08:13 PM
fedor /;
should have retired a legen

RyzinEnagy
10-22-2011, 08:17 PM
Donovan McNabb

eMan0n
10-22-2011, 08:46 PM
Meldrick Taylor

http://leopod.tripod.com/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderpictures/taylor_meldrick.jpg

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Z0mgZ0rs
10-22-2011, 09:39 PM
Shaq was a quality big man in his later years. He was the 2nd best player on the Heat team which won the ship and was 2nd in MVP voting the year before. During his time in Phoenix, Cleveland and Boston, he brought quality production and veteran leadership.

snakehips31
10-22-2011, 09:50 PM
Magic Johnson.even AIDS couldn't stop this guys playing career.

Abednegro
10-22-2011, 10:13 PM
Michael Jordan. Alot of us forgot about what occured during his last game before he first retired. It was in 1998 and he made the game winning shot to win the NBA Finals against the Utah Jazz. I believe that Michael Jordan shouldn't have had to hold on so tightly to his dream as to re-enter the NBA. It was just not worth it anymore.

Cliffs:
-Michael Jordan
-Had a perfect end-to-career game-winning shot in NBA Finals before first retirement
-Re-entry was a fail and he should've stayed retired.

Scoundrel
10-22-2011, 11:09 PM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v662/YankeeRose/RoyJonesJr.jpg

Vengeance10
10-23-2011, 01:00 AM
Michael Jordan. Alot of us forgot about what occured during his last game before he first retired. It was in 1998 and he made the game winning shot to win the NBA Finals against the Utah Jazz. I believe that Michael Jordan shouldn't have had to hold on so tightly to his dream as to re-enter the NBA. It was just not worth it anymore.

Cliffs:
-Michael Jordan
-Had a perfect end-to-career game-winning shot in NBA Finals before first retirement
-Re-entry was a fail and he should've stayed retired.
strong cliffs almost as strong as rest of post

and he wanted to play and put up some good numbers.
i doubt he cares what some 5'4" 131 pound kids thinks

Sanders21
10-23-2011, 01:19 AM
Favre and Jason Taylor.. one can argue Tiki Barber with his attempted and failed comeback

BrawnySwoleman
10-23-2011, 01:33 AM
Derek Fisher

Hardcore_D00d
10-23-2011, 01:39 AM
tom brady (srs)

he's already declining and next year or 2 hes gonna be favre level. should retire at the beginning of his decline before he embarrasses himself

akalarry
10-23-2011, 01:46 AM
tmac

vince carter

stevematic
10-23-2011, 01:54 AM
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_29WRBdtyz68/ScnkSTg8BLI/AAAAAAAABWI/HGgsMYZwAY4/s400/gordie-howe.jpg

Pseudocide
10-23-2011, 01:59 AM
MMA and boxing both need a seperate thread for this subject, its almost like its part of the sport to turn into a punching bag at the end of a career. Anyway, heres my list.

Football-Orlando Pace, Warren Sapp, Jerry Rice, Brett Favre, Daute Culpepper, McNabb, Jason Taylor, Ted Washington, Kevin Mawae, Olin Kruetz
Basketball-Shaq, Bird, Ewing, Yao Ming, Shawn Kemp, Gary Payton, Karl Malone, Dennis Rodman
MMA-Fedor, Liddell, Hughes, Wandy, Don Frye, Gary Goodridge, Ken Shamrock, Tank Abbott, Royce Gracie, Arlovski(I know he isnt that old)
Boxing-Only going to list one here... Larry "Flying Kick Off Of A Car" Holmes... dude was a hero to me growing up, and it blew watching him get handled by Tyson
Baseball-Ken Griffey jr, Nolan Ryan, Frank Thomas, Pudge Rodriguez
Soccer-Is for phaggots

Get the hell outta here with Frank Thomas!!

Brb 39 and 26 homeruns in 2 of my final 3 seasons.
Brb Still getting MVP votes at the end of my career
Brb 500th homerun
Brb .300 career average

A healthy Frank Thomas could still be playing today.

Mac_xX
10-23-2011, 02:00 AM
strong cliffs almost as strong as rest of post

and he wanted to play and put up some good numbers.
i doubt he cares what some 5'4" 131 pound kids thinks
None of these athletes care what we think, it's a speculation thread, asswipe.

BigChief3000
10-23-2011, 05:14 AM
tom brady (srs)

he's already declining and next year or 2 hes gonna be favre level. should retire at the beginning of his decline before he embarrasses himself

troll pls go

Heaney
10-23-2011, 05:43 AM
Barry Sanders........wait what?


Emmitt Smith, looked ridiculous in a Cards jersey

NJLife
10-23-2011, 06:05 AM
http://www.michaeljordansworld.com/pictures/images/michael_jordan_wizards_2.jpg

I have that jersey and notasingle****wasgiven