The 17 Saddest Endings to Careers in NFL History

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The 17 Saddest Endings to Careers in NFL History
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Every once in a while, that once promising career comes to an abrupt end. Or that one-time legend fizzles out due to the wear and tear of the game.

Career-ending injuries, a player getting into legal trouble or just an early retirement all result in the question no one ever wants to hear, "what if?"

For these 17 players, by whatever means, NFL careers came to a melancholy ending.

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