Throwing in the towel is never easy.
As elite athletes' ages go up, their skill set slowly begins to deteriorate.
Athletes are often hung over from the feeling they had when they dominated their respective game. Because of this, elite athletes often continue to compete past their expiration dates.
And sometimes this turns their legacies into sour milk.
While there will always be the Sandy Koufaxes and John Elways of the world who go out on top, not everybody can assume the same fate.
Ending a good thing is never easy, but it is often the best choice.
Here are 25 athletes who just wouldn't let a good thing come to an end. Enjoy!