With the early retirement of 49ers LB Chris Borland, it’s worth taking a look at some of the greatest players to retire too early.
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The NFL takes its toll on players – physically and mentally – and the recent trend of very early retirements of players like Chris Borland, Jake Locker and Patrick Willis even at very young ages indicates that some players are starting to factor in the long-term health risk that have become associated with football.
Here is a look at the ten greatest NFL players to retire from the game well before they should have:
10. Lynn Swann (WR, Pittsburgh Steelers)
A Hall of Fame WR with the Pittsburgh Steelers during their Steel Curtain era, Swann’s athleticism and incredible catching ability elevated the Steelers to four Super Bowl titles in six seasons – a feat no other NFL team has ever matched. Swann retired at age 30.