The career of an elite athlete is very short. That’s why most of them try to maximize their time in the spotlight before their inevitable retirement. But some stars take a different path. They come back and compete again after everyone thought they were finished.
Perhaps they fell out of love with their sport in their prime. Or they can’t resist the allure of being under the glittering lights. Whatever the reasons, many athletes come out of retirement to varying degrees of success. Check out 30 individuals who did exactly that via Sports Illustrated.
30. Randall Cunningham
Cunningham was one of the Eagles’ greatest-ever quarterbacks. He spent 11 seasons with the franchise before he lost his starting job in 1995. This didn’t please the QB and he left the sport to focus on his construction business. But his retirement didn’t last long (via UPI).
He returned to the NFL after a season away from football. The Minnesota Vikings sent representatives to his construction yard to lure him back. It was a surreal revival but he fell back in love with football. In the end, he played for another five seasons between the Vikings, Dallas, and the Ravens.