A lot, actually most, athletes don’t choose to retire so much as they have the decision forced upon them. No one can play sports at a high level for their entire life and at some point, they have to end their careers. Very few get to end their careers on a high note.
These superstars, however, did just that. Some of them put the perfect finishing touch on a legendary career. Others turned back the clock and played just as they did in their prime. And the most fortunate of all ended their tenures with a championship.
Reggie Miller – 2005
For nearly 18 years, Reggie Miller terrorized NBA defenses (specifically the Knicks) with his dead-eye shooting. His last game came in a 2005 playoff game against the Detroit Pistons. The shooting guard hit four 3-pointers on his way to 27 points in a loss.
Since his career has ended, Miller has received his fair share of accolades. He was inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame in 2012 and is still regularly seen by fans of the game as a broadcaster for TNT.