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Athlete Retirement Pool 2019 

Aaron Hager
Updated November 21, 2019 4.3k votes 305 voters 8.2k views 66 items

List Rules Vote up the athletes you think are most likely to retire in 2019

Editor's Note: Voting and Reranking have been closed.

Get your predictions in now about the athletes you think are most likely to retire in 2019. Are they injury prone or just getting on in years? 2018 saw quite a few retired players from NFL, MBA, and MLB such as Manu Ginobli, Carson Palmer, and Adrian Gonzalez. Soccer players generally retire in their thirties, but Gianluigi Buffon of Paris Saint-Germain, is now playing into his early forties. There have been a few basketball and baseball players that have also played into their forties like Vince Carter and Peter Moylan. Maybe your top prospect for retirement will surprise you and keep playing. Or there could be some 2019 sports star retirements that no one even saw coming.

No matter what athletes retire this year, they won't soon be forgotten. Generally players that have stuck it out the longest in their respective sports are going for records or hoping for one last shot at the playoffs. Don't see an athlete that you think is going to retire this year? Add them to the list and check back periodically to see which athletes are retiring in 2019.

Take a look at the list below and vote up who you think will call it quits during the season or off-season in 2019.

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Dwyane Wade is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Athlete Retirement Pool 2019
Age: 37

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Team: Miami Heat

Position: Point guard, Shooting guard

Dwyane Tyrone Wade Jr. ( dwayn; born January 17, 1982) is an American former professional basketball player. Wade spent the majority of his 16-year career playing for the Miami Heat in the ...more

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Dirk Nowitzki is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Athlete Retirement Pool 2019
Age: 41

Birthplace: Würzburg, Germany

Nationality: Germany

Team: Dallas Mavericks

Position: Power forward

Dirk Werner Nowitzki (German pronunciation: [ˈdɪʁk ˈvɛʁnɐ noˈvɪtski]) (born June 19, 1978) is a German retired professional basketball player. An alumnus of Röntgen Gymnasium and the DJK ...more

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Tony Parker is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Athlete Retirement Pool 2019
Age: 37

Birthplace: Bruges, Belgium

Nationality: France

Team: Charlotte Hornets

Position: Point guard

William Anthony Parker Jr. (born 17 May 1982) is a French-American former professional basketball player. The son of a professional basketball player, Parker played for two years for Paris ...more

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Ichiro Suzuki is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Athlete Retirement Pool 2019
Age: 46

Birthplace: Kasugai, Japan

Nationality: United States of America, Japan

Team: Seattle Mariners

Position: Right fielder, Outfielder, Center fielder

Ichiro Suzuki (鈴木 一朗, Suzuki Ichirō, born October 22, 1973), often referred to mononymously as Ichiro (イチロー, Ichirō), is a Japanese former professional baseball outfielder who played 28 seasons ...more

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Julius Peppers is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Athlete Retirement Pool 2019
TRENT13 added Age: 39

Birthplace: Wilson, North Carolina

Nationality: United States of America

Team: Chicago Bears

Position: Defensive end

Julius Frazier Peppers (born January 18, 1980) is a former American football defensive end. He played college football at North Carolina, where he was recognized as a unanimous All-American, and ...more

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Vince Carter is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Athlete Retirement Pool 2019
Age: 42

Birthplace: Daytona Beach, Florida, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Team: Atlanta Hawks

Position: Shooting guard, Small forward

Vincent Lamar Carter (born January 26, 1977) is an American professional basketball player for the Atlanta Hawks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is 6 feet 6 inches (1.98 m) tall ...more

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Udonis Haslem is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Athlete Retirement Pool 2019
Age: 39

Birthplace: Miami, Florida

Nationality: United States of America

Team: Miami Heat

Position: Power forward

Udonis Johneal Haslem ( born June 9, 1980) is an American professional basketball player for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the ...more

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Antonio Gates is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Athlete Retirement Pool 2019
TRENT13 added Age: 39

Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, USA

Nationality: United States of America

Team: San Diego Chargers

Position: Tight end

Antonio Ethan Gates Jr. (born June 18, 1980) is an American football tight end who is currently a free agent. He has been selected into the Pro Bowl eight times and is a five-time All-Pro.Gates ...more

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Bartolo Colón is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Athlete Retirement Pool 2019
Age: 46

Birthplace: Altamira, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

Nationality: Dominican Republic

Team: Oakland Athletics

Position: Starting pitcher, Pitcher

Bartolo Colón (born May 24, 1973), nicknamed "Big Sexy", is a Dominican-American professional baseball pitcher who is currently a free agent. He played in Major League Baseball ...more
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Shane Lechler is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Athlete Retirement Pool 2019
TRENT13 added Shane Lechler Age: 43

Birthplace: East Bernard, Texas

Nationality: United States of America

Team: Oakland Raiders

Position: Punter

Edward Shane Lechler (; born August 7, 1976) is a former American football punter who played 18 seasons in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Texas A&M, and ...more

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Pau Gasol is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Athlete Retirement Pool 2019
Age: 39

Birthplace: Barcelona, Spain

Nationality: Spain

Team: Portland Trail Blazers

Position: Power forward, Center

Pau Gasol Sáez (Catalan pronunciation: [ˈpaw ɣəˈzɔl], Spanish pronunciation: [ˈpau ɣaˈsol]; born July 6, 1980) is a Spanish professional basketball player for the Portland Trail Blazers ...more

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Sebastian Janikowski is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Athlete Retirement Pool 2019
Sebastian Janikowski Age: 41

Birthplace: Wałbrzych, Poland

Nationality: Poland

Position: Placekicker

Sebastian Paweł Janikowski (Polish pronunciation: [sɛˈbastjan janiˈkɔfskʲi]; born March 2, 1978) is a Polish-born former American football placekicker. He played college football for Florida ...more
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Jay Cutler is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Athlete Retirement Pool 2019
Age: 36

Birthplace: Carter Township, Santa Claus, Indiana

Nationality: United States of America

Team: Chicago Bears

Position: Quarterback

Jay Christopher Cutler (born April 29, 1983) is a former American football quarterback who played in the National Football League for 12 seasons, primarily with the Chicago Bears. He played ...more

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Zach Randolph is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Athlete Retirement Pool 2019
TRENT13 added Age: 38

Birthplace: Marion, Indiana, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Team: Sacramento Kings

Position: Power forward, Center

Zachary McKenley Randolph (born July 16, 1981) is an American professional basketball player who last played for the Sacramento Kings of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Nicknamed ...more

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John Denney is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Athlete Retirement Pool 2019
TRENT13 added Age: 41

Birthplace: Denver, Colorado

Nationality: United States of America

Team: Miami Dolphins

Position: Long snapper

John Sifford Denney (born December 13, 1978) is an American football long snapper for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for Brigham Young ...more
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Marshawn Lynch is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Athlete Retirement Pool 2019
Age: 33

Birthplace: Oakland, California, USA

Nationality: United States of America

Team: Seattle Seahawks

Position: Running back

Marshawn Terrell Lynch (born April 22, 1986) is a former American football running back. He was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the first round of the 2007 NFL Draft after playing college ...more
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Gianluigi Buffon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Athlete Retirement Pool 2019
Age: 41

Birthplace: Carrara, Italy

Nationality: Italy

Team: Juventus F.C.

Position: Goalkeeper

Gianluigi Buffon, (Italian pronunciation: [dʒanluˈiːdʒi bufˈfɔn, -ˈfon]; born 28 January 1978) commonly shortened to Gigi Buffon, is an Italian professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper ...more

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José Calder&oacut... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Athlete Retirement Pool 2019
Age: 38

Birthplace: Villanueva de la Serena, Spain

Nationality: Spain

Team: Detroit Pistons

Position: Point guard

José Manuel Calderón Borrallo (born September 28, 1981) is a Spanish professional basketball player who last played for the Detroit Pistons of the National Basketball Association ...more

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Jameer Nelson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Athlete Retirement Pool 2019
Age: 37

Birthplace: Chester, Pennsylvania

Nationality: United States of America

Team: Orlando Magic

Position: Point guard

Jameer Nelson (born February 9, 1982) is an American professional basketball player who is a free agent. He played college basketball for the Saint Joseph's Hawks, where he was named national ...more

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Peter Moylan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Athlete Retirement Pool 2019
Age: 41

Birthplace: Lesmurdie, Australia

Nationality: Australia

Position: Relief pitcher, Pitcher

Peter Michael Moylan (born 2 December 1978) is an Australian professional baseball relief pitcher for the Draci Brno of the Czech Extraliga. He played in Major League Baseball for the Atlanta ...more
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Fernando Rodney is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Athlete Retirement Pool 2019
Age: 42

Birthplace: Samaná, Dominican Republic

Nationality: Dominican Republic

Team: Tampa Bay Rays

Position: Pitcher

Fernando Rodney (born March 18, 1977) is a Dominican–American professional baseball pitcher for the Washington Nationals of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Detroit ...more
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Tony Allen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Athlete Retirement Pool 2019
Age: 37

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois

Nationality: United States of America

Team: New Orleans Pelicans

Position: Point guard, Shooting guard, Small forward

Anthony Allen (born January 11, 1982) is an American professional basketball player who last played for the New Orleans Pelicans of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is a six-time ...more

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Carmelo Anthony is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Athlete Retirement Pool 2019
Age: 35

Birthplace: Red Hook, New York City, New York, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Team: Portland Trail Blazers

Position: Small forward, Forward

Carmelo Kyam Anthony (born May 29, 1984) is an American professional basketball player who is currently a free agent but last played for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball ...more

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Jamal Crawford is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Athlete Retirement Pool 2019
TRENT13 added Age: 39

Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Team: Phoenix Suns

Position: Point guard, Shooting guard

Aaron Jamal Crawford (born March 20, 1980) is an American professional basketball player who last played for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played for ...more

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Kyle Korver is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Athlete Retirement Pool 2019
Age: 38

Birthplace: Lakewood, California

Nationality: United States of America

Team: Milwaukee Bucks

Position: Shooting guard, Small forward

Kyle Elliot Korver (born March 17, 1981) is an American professional basketball player for the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the ...more

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