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We already discussed five other players who held on too long, but now let's take a look at Part 2 of our Athletes Who Held on Too Long series.
Evander Holyfield is known for his epic wins over Mike Tyson back in 1996 and 1997, but who would have thought that he would still be fighting now in 2012? Holyfield is still getting into the ring, which is impressive, considering his first professional win happened in 1984.
Sammy Sosa battled it out with Mark Maguire in that infamous summer in '98 when they chased the MLB home-run record. He would go on to play with the Chicago Cubs for another six years—and then two more with Baltimore and Texas. Unfortunately for Sosa, he is now remembered more for his involvement in a PED scandal than his attempt at the home-run record.
Muhammad Ali is considered to be the greatest boxer of all time. He fought some of the most famous opponents in boxing history, and more often than not he came out on top. Ali didn't bow out in style and held on for a few fights that were hard to watch. He finally gave it all up in 1981.
The Rocket was such a prolific pitcher that he took home seven Cy Young awards over his 24-year career playing for the Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, Toronto Blue Jays and the Houston Astros. Roger Clemens was one of the best pitchers in the MLB during his time in the big leagues, but now he has taken his skill down to the minor leagues at the young age of...50.
Brett Favre was the face for the Green Bay Packers for 16 years and even led the team to a Super Bowl victory in 1997. The Packers famously split with Favre in 2008, which led to Favre retiring and un-retiring multiple times, much to the casual fan's chagrin. It seems that Favre is retired for good, and he can take his second career (high school football coach) seriously.