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Sometimes great professional athletes don’t know when to hang it up for good. Other times, they retire, but comeback to the spotlight with very little fanfare.
- Brett Farve. After winning the Super Bowl with the Green Bay Packers, Brett Farve retired for the NFL in 2007. However, he returned to play for the New York Jets in 2008, before ending his career again with the Minnesota Vikings in 2010.
- Michael Jordan. After Michael Jordan six NBA Championship with the Chicago Bulls between 1991 to 1998, he came back to the NBA after retiring (for a second time) in 1998. This time around he played for the Washington Wizards for two season between 2001 to 2003 and was really a shadow of his former self. He should’ve stayed retired in 1998.
- Ben Johnson. Despite breaking records and winning gold medals, Ben Johnson had all of his accolades redacted after it was discovered he was on steroids. He left competition in 1988, before making a comeback in 1991. Now clean, Ben Johnson was unable to qualify the World Competition and the Olympics in 1992.
- Bo Jackson. Not many professional athletes do well in two sports, but Bo Jackson was the exception. He retired from the NFL and the MBL in 1991 after a long string of injuries, but made a comeback in 1993 with the Chicago White Sox. He floundered to stay competitive and retired again in 1994 with the California Angels.
- Peter Forsberg. He’s one of the best hockey played in the NHL, but he retired in 2010. Forsberg announced that he would comeback to play for the Colorado Avalanche in 2011, but retired again a few weeks later.
- Dave Cowens. After 10 seasons in the NBA, Dave Cowens called it quits in 1980. However, the legendary basketball player returned to the NBA in 1982, but failed to make an impact on the league like he did when he was in his prime. He retired again in 1984.
- Muhammad Ali. He retired from boxing in 1979 with a legendary career under his belt. However, the following year Muhammad Ali came back to the sport, but shorty retired again after back-to-back losses to Larry Holmes.
- Bobby Hull. After retiring in 1979, Bobby Hull returned to the NHL to play with the New York Rangers in 1981. He played five exhibition games before retiring again.
- Mike Ditka. After a celebrated career as the head coach of the Chicago Bears, Mike Ditka retired in 1992. However, he came back to the NFL in 1997 as the head coach of the New Orleans Saints. He finished his career with a disappointing 15-33 with the Saints and retired again in 1999.