Grand Opening, Grand Closing: The 15 Most Shocking Sports Retirement Speeches
Barry Sanders Hangs Up His Cleats At 30
Only fellow legends Walter Payton and Emmitt Smith have rushed for more yards than Sanders. So, it came with stunned surprise when the Detroit Lions running-back announced that he was quitting pro football in July 1999. Even worst for specific fans of the team was to learn that he made his retirement public by faxing a letter to his hometown newspaper, The Wichita Eagle.