What's more important than a grand entrance? A grand exit; dropping the mic on the stage and strutting out on your own terms (even if the bewildered onlookers have no idea what those terms are).
This is why the quitting scene in Jerry Maguire is awesome and why Lou Gehrig's farewell is as legendary as it is tragic.
Saying goodbye sucks, which makes a memorable and unrepentant goodbye a rare and truly precious commodity.
It takes some stones to publicly make a decision that is guaranteed to cost you in some way; whether it impacts you financially or in your public perception.
For some athletes, a torched bridge may burn but never truly goes away—either because their skills transcend such matters or simply the act of arson is too spectacular to assign judgement.
These are 20 athletes that peaced the F out.