2019 Sports The Best Athletes Who Retired in 2019  

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List Rules Vote up the best athletes who announced their retirement in 2019.

Which are the best of the athletes who decided to retire in 2019? This list ranks the best athletes who announced their retirement in 2019. Not all athletes plan their retirement. It can be due to factors such as injury or lack of demand from teams within their sport. In most cases, they are great athletes who have decided to move on and explore other avenues in life. Other times, recently retired athletes feel that they have made the most out of their careers and want to go out at the top of their game.

Check this list throughout the year for recent 2019 athlete retirements. Don't see an athlete on the list who retired this year? Feel free to add the famous retired athletes to the list and vote up the athletes you were most sorry to see call it quits in 2019.

Dwyane Wade is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Athletes Who Retired in 2019
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Dwyane Tyrone Wade, Jr. is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association. He has established himself as one of the most well-known and popular players in the league. Wade had the top selling jersey in the NBA for nearly two years, leading the league in jersey sales from the 2005 NBA Playoffs, until the midpoint of the 2006–07 season. His first name is pronounced the same as the more common spellings "Dwayne" and "Duane". After entering the league as the fifth pick in the 2003 NBA Draft, Wade was named to the All-Rookie team and the All-Star team the following eleven seasons. In his third season, Wade led the Miami ...more on Wikipedia

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Dirk Nowitzki is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Athletes Who Retired in 2019
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Dirk Werner Nowitzki is a German professional basketball player who currently plays for the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association. An alumnus of Röntgen Gymnasium and the DJK Würzburg basketball club, Nowitzki was chosen as the ninth pick in the 1998 NBA draft by the Milwaukee Bucks and immediately traded to the Mavericks, where he has played since. Listed at 7 ft 0 in, Nowitzki is considered one of the greatest power forwards in basketball history. Nowitzki led the Mavericks to 13 NBA Playoffs, including the franchise's first Finals appearance in 2006 and only championship in 2011. He is a 13-time All-Star, a 12-time All-NBA Team member, and the first European player to ...more on Wikipedia

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Rob Gronkowski is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Athletes Who Retired in 2019
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Robert James "Rob" Gronkowski, nicknamed "Gronk", is a tight end for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. He played college football for the University of Arizona, and was selected by the New England Patriots in the second round of the 2010 NFL Draft. In 2011, Gronkowski, in his second season in the NFL, set the single-season record for touchdowns by a tight end with 17 receiving touchdowns, and 18 overall, as well as the single-season record for receiving yards by a tight end, with 1,327. That season, he became the first tight end in NFL history to lead the league in receiving touchdowns. In his first three seasons, he had 38 receiving touchdowns in 43 games; no other ...more on Wikipedia

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Ichiro Suzuki is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Athletes Who Retired in 2019
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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 leagues. He spent the bulk of his career with two teams: nine seasons with the Orix Blue Wave of Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) in Japan, where he began his career, and 14 with the Seattle Mariners of Major League Baseball (MLB) in the United States. The first Japanese-born position player to be signed to the major leagues, Ichiro led the American League in batting average and stolen bases en route to being named AL Rookie of the Year and AL Most Valuable Player in 2001. ...more on Wikipedia

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