The List: Most notable athletes who came out of retirement

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Future Hall of Fame football player, Jason Witten surprised the football world when he announced that he is coming out of retirement at the age of 36. He is turning in his Monday night football microphone to return to the Cowboys next season.  In the list, The Morning News team shares some of the most notable athletes came out of retirement.

First, boxer George Foreman. More than a decade after retiring, Foreman, 38, came back to competitive boxing. At 45, he knocked out Michael Moorer to become the oldest heavyweight champion.

Next up the NHL’s Mario Lemieux. After retiring in 1997, Lemieux, 35, rejoined the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins in 2000 for parts of five more seasons. In his first season back in 2000-01, he proved he was still Mario of old, by registering 35 goals and 41 assists for 76 points in 43 games.

Next, NFL running back Marshawn Lynch. After winning one Super Bowl and losing another with the Seattle Seahawks, the running back retired in 2016. He came back in 2017, playing the past two seasons with the Oakland Raiders.

Next up, Major League pitcher Roger Clemens. The hard-throwing right-hander walked off the field to a rousing ovation during game 4 of the 2003 World Series. He went immediately into retirement. But retirement didn’t stick. He came back with the Houston Astros the following season and won the Cy Young award.

And finally, NBA superstar Michael Jordan. He liked comebacks so much, he had two of them. After winning three championships with the bulls, Jordan retired in 1993 to play pro baseball. But he came back to the Bulls in 1994 to win three more titles. He retired again in 1999 and then came back in 2001 to play two seasons for the Washington Wizards.
 

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