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Athlete Retirement Pool 2019

Updated November 21, 2019 6.2k votes 305 voters 9.0k views66 items

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

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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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  • 1
    Dwyane Wade
    199
    37

    BirthplaceUSA, Chicago, Illinois

    NationalityUnited States of America

    TeamMiami Heat

    PositionPoint guard, Shooting guard

    Dwyane Tyrone Wade Jr. ( dwayn; born January 17, 1982) is an American former professional... more on Wikipedia

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  • 2
    Dirk Nowitzki
    202
    39

    BirthplaceWürzburg, Germany

    NationalityGermany

    TeamDallas Mavericks

    PositionPower forward

    Dirk Werner Nowitzki (German pronunciation: [ˈdɪʁk ˈvɛʁnɐ noˈvɪtski]) (born June 19, 1978) is... more on Wikipedia
  • 3
    Tony Parker
    99
    42

    BirthplaceBruges, Belgium

    NationalityFrance

    TeamCharlotte Hornets

    PositionPoint guard

    William Anthony Parker Jr. (born 17 May 1982) is a French-American former professional... more on Wikipedia

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    #72 of 786 The Top NBA Players Of All Time#18 of 107 The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time

  • 4
    Ichiro Suzuki
    111
    53

    BirthplaceKasugai, Japan

    NationalityUnited States of America, Japan

    TeamSeattle Mariners

    PositionRight fielder, Outfielder, Center fielder

    Ichiro Suzuki (鈴木 一朗, Suzuki Ichirō, born October 22, 1973), often referred to mononymously... more on Wikipedia

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    #32 of 39 Longest Hitting Streaks in Baseball#86 of 149 The Greatest New York Yankees Of All Time

  • 5
    Vince Carter
    139
    79

    BirthplaceDaytona Beach, Florida, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    TeamAtlanta Hawks

    PositionShooting guard, Small forward

    Vincent Lamar Carter (born January 26, 1977) is an American professional basketball player for... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    Julius Peppers
    91
    39

    BirthplaceWilson, North Carolina

    NationalityUnited States of America

    TeamChicago Bears

    PositionDefensive end

    Julius Frazier Peppers (born January 18, 1980) is a former American football defensive end. He... more on Wikipedia

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  • 7
    Antonio Gates
    104
    53

    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    TeamSan Diego Chargers

    PositionTight end

    Antonio Ethan Gates Jr. (born June 18, 1980) is an American football tight end who is... more on Wikipedia

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  • 8
    Udonis Haslem
    100
    50

    BirthplaceMiami, Florida

    NationalityUnited States of America

    TeamMiami Heat

    PositionPower forward

    Udonis Johneal Haslem ( born June 9, 1980) is an American professional basketball player for... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Bartolo Colón
    92
    45

    BirthplaceAltamira, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

    NationalityDominican Republic

    TeamOakland Athletics

    PositionStarting pitcher, Pitcher

    Bartolo Colón (born May 24, 1973), nicknamed "Big Sexy", is a Dominican-American professional... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Shane Lechler
    69
    29

    Shane Lechler

    Age: 43

    BirthplaceEast Bernard, Texas

    NationalityUnited States of America

    TeamOakland Raiders

    PositionPunter

    Edward Shane Lechler (; born August 7, 1976) is a former American football punter who played... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Pau Gasol
    78
    41

    Pau Gasol

    Age: 39

    BirthplaceBarcelona, Spain

    NationalitySpain

    TeamPortland Trail Blazers

    PositionPower forward, Center

    Pau Gasol Sáez (Catalan pronunciation: [ˈpaw ɣəˈzɔl], Spanish pronunciation: [ˈpau ɣaˈsol];... more on Wikipedia

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  • 12
    Jay Cutler
    100
    63

    Jay Cutler

    Age: 36

    BirthplaceCarter Township, Santa Claus, Indiana

    NationalityUnited States of America

    TeamChicago Bears

    PositionQuarterback

    Jay Christopher Cutler (born April 29, 1983) is a former American football quarterback who... more on Wikipedia

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  • 13
    Sebastian Janikowski
    80
    43

    Sebastian Janikowski

    Age: 41

    BirthplaceWałbrzych, Poland

    NationalityPoland

    PositionPlacekicker

    Sebastian Paweł Janikowski (Polish pronunciation: [sɛˈbastjan janiˈkɔfskʲi]; born March 2,... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Zach Randolph
    63
    32

    BirthplaceMarion, Indiana, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    TeamSacramento Kings

    PositionPower forward, Center

    Zachary McKenley Randolph (born July 16, 1981) is an American professional basketball player... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Marshawn Lynch
    77
    49

    BirthplaceOakland, California, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    TeamSeattle Seahawks

    PositionRunning back

    Marshawn Terrell Lynch (born April 22, 1986) is a former American football running back. He... more on Wikipedia

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  • 16
    Gianluigi Buffon
    70
    42

    BirthplaceCarrara, Italy

    NationalityItaly

    TeamJuventus F.C.

    PositionGoalkeeper

    Gianluigi Buffon, (Italian pronunciation: [dʒanluˈiːdʒi bufˈfɔn, -ˈfon]; born 28 January... more on Wikipedia

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    #8 of 1,310 The Best Soccer Players of All Time#173 of 1,816 The Best Athletes Of All Time

  • 17
    Jameer Nelson
    63
    37

    BirthplaceChester, Pennsylvania

    NationalityUnited States of America

    TeamOrlando Magic

    PositionPoint guard

    Jameer Nelson (born February 9, 1982) is an American professional basketball player who is a... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    José Calderón
    63
    37

    BirthplaceVillanueva de la Serena, Spain

    NationalitySpain

    TeamDetroit Pistons

    PositionPoint guard

    José Manuel Calderón Borrallo (born September 28, 1981) is a Spanish professional basketball... more on Wikipedia

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    #134 of 150 The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History#46 of 136 The Best European NBA Players of All Time

  • 19
    John Denney
    55
    29

    BirthplaceDenver, Colorado

    NationalityUnited States of America

    TeamMiami Dolphins

    PositionLong snapper

    John Sifford Denney (born December 13, 1978) is an American football long snapper for the... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    Carmelo Anthony
    73
    53

    BirthplaceNew York City, Red Hook, USA, New York

    NationalityUnited States of America

    TeamPortland Trail Blazers

    PositionSmall forward, Forward

    Carmelo Kyam Anthony (born May 29, 1984) is an American professional basketball player who is... more on Wikipedia

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    #38 of 96 The Most Overrated Players In The NBA Today#36 of 161 The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings

  • 21
    Peter Moylan
    49
    27

    BirthplaceLesmurdie, Australia

    NationalityAustralia

    PositionRelief pitcher, Pitcher

    Peter Michael Moylan (born 2 December 1978) is an Australian professional baseball relief... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    Fernando Rodney
    51
    32

    BirthplaceSamaná, Dominican Republic

    TeamTampa Bay Rays

    PositionPitcher

    Fernando Rodney (born March 18, 1977) is a Dominican–American professional baseball pitcher... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    Tony Allen
    45
    27

    Tony Allen

    Age: 37

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois

    NationalityUnited States of America

    TeamNew Orleans Pelicans

    PositionPoint guard, Shooting guard, Small forward

    Anthony Allen (born January 11, 1982) is an American professional basketball player who last... more on Wikipedia

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  • 24
    Matt Bryant
    54
    40

    BirthplaceOrange, Texas

    NationalityUnited States of America

    TeamAtlanta Falcons

    PositionPlacekicker

    Steven Matt Bryant (born May 29, 1975), nicknamed "Money Matt", is an American football... more on Wikipedia

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    #649 of 1,323 The Best Football Players Ever#33 of 59 Short NFL Players Who Show Size Doesn't Matter

  • 25
    Phil Dawson
    42
    28

    BirthplaceBaton Rouge, Louisiana

    NationalityUnited States of America

    TeamCleveland Browns

    PositionPlacekicker

    Philip Drury "Phil" Dawson (born January 23, 1975) is a former American football placekicker.... more on Wikipedia

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