Athletes Who Have Come Out of Retirement

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  • Michael Jordan comes out of retirement twice
  • Magic Johnson Los Angeles Lakers
  • Muhammad Ali, Larry Holmes, Ken Norton
  • Ricky Williams
  • Floyd Mayweather
  • Brett Favres comes out of Retirement Jets Vikings
  • Allen Iverson, Memphis Grizzlies
  • Deion Sanders
  • George Foreman
  • Roger Clemens
  • Felix Trinidad
  • Michael Phelps comes out of retirement

Muhammad Ali Attempts Two Comebacks

After winning a controversial decision over Ken Norton in 1976, Muhammad Ali announced he was retiring to practice Islam, but it was shortlived as he returned eight months later to defeat Alfredo Evangelista. After avenging a loss to Leon Spinks in September 1978, Ali announced his retirement again. Just two years later, though, he'd return to the ring against Larry Holmes, who gave him a beating in what turned out to be his second-to-last match. Still the greatest, though! (Photo: The Ring Magazine/Getty Images)

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