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Athlete Retirement Pool 2019  

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

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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Dirk Nowitzki is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Athlete Retirement Pool 2019
age 41
Dirk Werner Nowitzki (born June 19, 1978) is a German retired professional basketball player. An alumnus of Röntgen Gymnasium and the DJK Würzburg basketball club, Nowitzki was chosen ...more
2
Dwyane Wade is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Athlete Retirement Pool 2019
age 37
Dwyane Tyrone Wade Jr. (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 National ...more
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Tony Parker is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Athlete Retirement Pool 2019
age 37
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 in the French ...more
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Ichiro Suzuki is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Athlete Retirement Pool 2019
age 46
Ichiro Suzuki (born October 22, 1973), often referred to mononymously as Ichiro, is a Japanese retired professional baseball outfielder who played 28 seasons combined in top-level professional ...more
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Julius Peppers is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Athlete Retirement Pool 2019
TRENT13 added age 39
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
6
Bartolo Colón is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Athlete Retirement Pool 2019
age 46
Bartolo Colón is a Dominican professional baseball pitcher for the New York Mets of Major League Baseball. He has also pitched for the Cleveland Indians, Montreal Expos, Chicago White ...more
7
Antonio Gates is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Athlete Retirement Pool 2019
TRENT13 added age 39
Antonio Ethan Gates, Jr. is an American football tight end for the San Diego Chargers of the National Football League. He has been selected onto the Pro Bowl nine times and is a five-time ...more
8
Udonis Haslem is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Athlete Retirement Pool 2019
age 39
Udonis Johneal Haslem is an American professional basketball player for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association. Haslem played college basketball for the University of Florida, ...more
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Vince Carter is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Athlete Retirement Pool 2019
age 42
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
10
Shane Lechler is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Athlete Retirement Pool 2019
TRENT13 added age 43
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 was ...more
11
Pau Gasol is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Athlete Retirement Pool 2019
age 39
Pau Gasol Sáez is a Spanish professional basketball player who currently plays for the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association. He is a five-time NBA All-Star, and a ...more
12
Sebastian Janikowski is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Athlete Retirement Pool 2019
age 41
Sebastian Paweł Janikowski (born March 2, 1978) is a Polish-born former American football placekicker. He played college football for Florida State University, and was a two-time consensus ...more
13
Zach Randolph is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Athlete Retirement Pool 2019
TRENT13 added age 38
Zachary McKenley Randolph (born July 16, 1981) is an American professional basketball player for the Sacramento Kings of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Nicknamed "Z-Bo", ...more
14
Jay Cutler is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Athlete Retirement Pool 2019
age 36
Jay Christopher Cutler is an American football quarterback for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the first round of the 2006 NFL Draft. ...more
15
John Denney is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Athlete Retirement Pool 2019
TRENT13 added age 41
John Sifford Denney is an American football long snapper for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League. He played college football for Brigham Young University, and was signed by the ...more
16
José Calderón is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Athlete Retirement Pool 2019
age 38
José Manuel Calderón Borrallo (born September 28, 1981) is a Spanish professional basketball player for the Detroit Pistons of the National Basketball Association (NBA). With the ...more
17
Jameer Nelson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Athlete Retirement Pool 2019
age 37
Jameer Nelson is an American professional basketball point guard who currently plays for the Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association. He played college basketball for Saint ...more
18
Marshawn Lynch is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Athlete Retirement Pool 2019
age 33
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) 19 on the list Athlete Retirement Pool 2019
age 41
Gianluigi "Gigi" Buffon, Ufficiale OMRI, is an Italian goalkeeper who plays for and captains both Serie A club Juventus and the Italy national team. Buffon is the record holder for ...more
20
Peter Moylan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Athlete Retirement Pool 2019
Peter Moylan age 41
Peter Michael Moylan is an American-based Australian professional baseball relief pitcher who plays for the Atlanta Braves. Moylan features a mid ninety mile per hour fastball and throws
21
Fernando Rodney is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Athlete Retirement Pool 2019
age 42
Fernando Rodney is a Dominican professional baseball pitcher for the Seattle Mariners of Major League Baseball. Rodney throws a fastball between 94-98 mph, and a palmball in the low 80s. Rodney ...more
22
Tony Allen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Athlete Retirement Pool 2019
age 37
Anthony "Tony" Allen is an American professional basketball player with the New Orleans Pelicans of the National Basketball Association.
23
Carmelo Anthony is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Athlete Retirement Pool 2019
age 35
Carmelo Kyam Anthony (born May 29, 1984) is an American professional basketball player for the Chicago Bulls of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He has been named an NBA All-Star ten ...more
24
Jamal Crawford is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Athlete Retirement Pool 2019
TRENT13 added age 39
Aaron Jamal Crawford (born March 20, 1980) is an American professional basketball player for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Crawford played his high school ...more
25
Phil Dawson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Athlete Retirement Pool 2019
TRENT13 added age 44
Philip Drury Dawson is an American football placekicker for the San Francisco 49ers in the National Football League. He played for the Cleveland Browns from 1999 to 2012 and holds their ...more