There are many reasons why an athlete makes a comeback, and they are different for every person. Jordan retired as #23, but came back as #45. And now Michael Phelps has "left the door open" by returning to the U.S. Olympic Drug Testing pool, whereas Barry Sanders left at the height of his NFL career, leaving us all wanting more, but he never stepped foot on that field again.Why? That's the question … why does an athlete choose to come back? The only person I can speak for is myself, so I will, and maybe it will fuel a conversation amongst other retired athletes that will help those dealing with the word "retirement" at such a young age.
I retired in December of 1993 during my senior year at Stanford. For the first time in the history of my swimming career, I asked myself why I wasRead More »from Summer Sanders Explains Why Athletes like Michael Phelps Come Back to the Game After Leaving