Athletes Who Hung on Too Long

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  • Roy Jones Jr.
  • Sugar Ray Leonard, Roberto Duran, Hector Camacho
  • Muhammad Ali, Ken Norton, Larry Holmes, Joe Frazier,
  • Chuck Liddell, UFC, Chuck Liddell
  • Emmitt Smith, Dallas Cowboys, Arizona Cardinals
  • Deion Sanders, Baltimore Ravens
  • Dikembe Mutombo
  • George Foreman, Michael Moorer
  • Evander Holyfield
  • Rickey Henderson
  • Brett Favre

Roy Jones Jr.

You gotta be kidding. Last week, Roy Jones Jr. told ESPN he would step back into the ring July 26 to take on British fighter Courtney Fry in Latvia. Jones is 45 years old to Fry’s 39. Why man? Roy, this is how boxers get hurt — they don’t know when to quit! Truth be told, Jones should have hung up his gloves up and called it a career after getting viciously knocked out by Antonio Tarver and Glen Johnson in back-to-back 2004 fights. That was 10 years ago. There’s no good reason to put your health on the line here. Like Jones Jr., there have been plenty of sports stars who didn’t know when to call it a career and retire. Click on for more examples of athletes staying in the game too long.

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