There are a variety ways for a legendary athlete to officially leave the game that made him rich and famous. The first, of course, is the Brett Favre method, in which a guy stays on way too long and ends up tarnishing his reputation. In some parts, this is also known as the Michael Jordan method. Then there is the Chipper Jones method, in which a guy retires at the right time, but announces it way too soon. This results in a “farewell tour,” and everyone gets really sick of all the hoopla by the end of the season—so much so that we’re almost glad to see him go by the time it’s all done. So what’s the ideal way for a superstar to go out?
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