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The Best NFL Players Who Retired In 2020  

Aaron Hager
January 7, 2020 240 votes 142 voters 1.9k views 3 items

List Rules Vote up the retired NFL players based on their overall careers.

All the NFL players who retire in 2020 will have left a legacy that live on. The average career length for NFL players is 3.3 years, according to the NFL Players Association. Many of the players who will appear on this list will have played much longer than the average. In this time, they have played through countless injuries and made an impact on the game. Look to this list regularly to see the best NFL players who retired in 2020, either because it was their time or because injuries cut a promising career short.

The first player to choose retirement in 2020 was Chiefs defensive back Ron Parker, who played with five different teams over the course of his eight-year career but made the biggest impact in Kansas City, where he holds two franchise records.

Such short careers ensure prominent players retire from the NFL every year. Look to this list for a running record of football players retiring in 2020. Almost all of the 32 NFL teams say their goodbyes to a veteran or two each year. Vote up the recently retired NFL players who had the most impact on the game during their careers.

Antonio Gates is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NFL Players Who Retired In 2020
Photo: Jeffrey Beall/Wikimedia Commons

Announced retirement: January 14, 2020

Career achievements
NFL 2000s All-Decade Team selection
San Diego Chargers 50th Anniversary Team
8x Pro Bowl selection (2004-2011)
3x first-team All-Pro selection (2004-2006)
 

Position: Tight end

Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States of America

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Luke Kuechly is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NFL Players Who Retired In 2020
Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Announced retirement: January 14, 2020

Career achievements
2013 Defensive Player of the Year
2012 Defensive Rookie of the Year
2017 Art Rooney Award winner
7x Pro Bowl selection
5x first-team All-Pro

Position: Linebacker

Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio

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Ron Parker is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NFL Players Who Retired In 2020
Photo:  Ron Parker/Twitter

Announced retirement: January 6, 2020

Career achievements
Kansas City Chiefs record: 5 sacks by a defensive back in a season
Kansas City Chiefs record: 8 sacks by a defensive back in a career

Position: Cornerback

Birthplace: Saint Helena Island, South Carolina, USA

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