25. Deion Sanders
The only athlete to play in a Super Bowl and a World Series, Sanders was a truly phenomenal talent. The cornerback spent 14 seasons in the NFL and was most successful during his time with the Dallas Cowboys. Following a year with the Washington Redskins, he finally retired in 2000. When players decide to come back, it’s usually after about six months or a year. But Sanders returned to the NFL after a four-year hiatus.
He joined the Baltimore Ravens and played with them for two seasons. It’s definitely a fun story because few players can accomplish that. However, at the same time, he wasn’t his same brilliant self even if he did produce in flashes. Of course, it would have been crazy to expect him to return as though he never left. Players don’t stop aging just because they’ve stopped playing. But he shouldn’t have come back after so long.