Someone You Admire Retires or Quits

@AmbiePam (45713)
United States
January 29, 2010 5:56pm CST
Kurt Warner is an NFL (American)football player for those who don't know. You don't need to know him to answer this discussion. Kurt Warner retired today, and he is one of a select group of athletes I admire. His rise to fame as a quarterback in the NFL is just unbelievable. But now on to the point of the discussion... He retired, and while I'm sad not to see him play anymore, it doesn't get me down or leave me feeling at a loss. How do you feel when someone you admire retires from their career, or quits what made you admire them and they go on to something else? When Oprah Winfrey announced she would be leaving her talk show very soon to devote her time elsewhere, I was amazed at how many people were devastated. I don't mean sad or unhappy, but tearfully devastated. I understand over the years she has come to mean a lot to them. And I'm not comparing Kurt Warner to Oprah Winfrey, I'm just giving my own personal example, and an example maybe more people can relate to. So when a singer, writer, athlete...you admire steps away from what brought you to like them in the first place, how do you feel?
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@ANTIQUELADY (36491)
• United States
30 Jan 10
i am sorry to see some players retire. I watch quite abit of sports but the one i hated to see retire was michael jordon. I loved watching him play. I will hate it when peyton manning retires to but i don't go into a decline when somebody does.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36491)
• United States
30 Jan 10
Noone will ever live up to him in my opinion. He was the greatest.
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• United States
30 Jan 10
Agreed. I loved watching him beat the odds and followed his story for years. Thanks for noting his retirement especially in this forum. He was something the world needs more of, a real role model.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36491)
• United States
30 Jan 10
I agree. I don't think i ever heard anything bad about him. He was a class act.
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• China
30 Jan 10
Hi Ambiepam I'm so sorry to hear someone retired you admired. I'm really understand your feelings.Few years ago,a singer I truely admired was quit.Her voice sounds like dolphins.It makes me inner peace,soft and comfortable. And she is a super star who real insist on herself personality.So I was shocked when I heard she wanted to rest for a while and no one knows when she would come back include herself.I'm afraid I'll never heard her voice,I caught every news about her..what's she looks like know, when she will come back? Since she have retired ,she's looked more happy than before.May be she should have a good rest ,no work ,no other things.I should bless her!
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@AmbiePam (45713)
• United States
30 Jan 10
Well, the man in question that I admired, has retired from job in sports as an athlete, but I think you would like him. He is going to concentrate now on all of the charities he has started. He also goes to schools and talks to kids. He's a good Christian man. A lot of people say they are Christians, but they don't live like it. He does. : ) It is so rare to find a singer that allows you to enjoy their voice and talent so fully. I guess we can hope the lady you love to hear sing, finds a way to make more music, but is still able to keep a kind of rest that keeps her refreshed.
• China
30 Jan 10
I don't know the guys you admired.But I think I like him because his personality.I don't care what the religon he is.Only if he is very kind guys,he loved charities. Although he retired,I'm convinced that he would go on charities.Don't be sad,he still here ,you loved guys.May be he will no longer be an athlete.You should proud of him,LoL....
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@AmbiePam (45713)
• United States
30 Jan 10
What I meant about his religion, was that he was true to it. You know how some people claim that they are good people simply because they believe in God? But then they turn around and cheat, steal, and lie. This guy doesn't do that. I just like it when people live up to their words.
@Shaun72 (15968)
• Palatka, Florida
30 Jan 10
It is really sad to me to see a singer I really liked retire or a actor or actress. I got a little upset to see Paula Abdul gone from American Idol. It seems to be alright now that the show has started again this year. Of course she still acts on tv shows from time to time. I thought she was a good judge on there. She was never negitive and most of the time she was helpful to the singers.
@AmbiePam (45713)
• United States
30 Jan 10
I liked her a lot. Some people said she was a little off, but I think she was charming and sweet.
@Shaun72 (15968)
• Palatka, Florida
30 Jan 10
Yeah she was and a great singer also. I liked her singing from the 1980s.
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@AmbiePam (45713)
• United States
31 Jan 10
Straight Up!
• Australia
30 Jan 10
I suppose Australia is known as a sporting nation with greats in many fields. I think of great swimmers who excelled at the Olympics and of great cricketers like the Chappells, Dennis Lillee, Rod Marsh etc. Sure, we miss watching them perform, but the beauty is that others take their place. Records are constantly broken. We remember the "oldies" with fondness but our lives didn't depend on them and we are sad but not heartbroken. I am old enough to remember Sonya Henie the ice skating wonder who graced our movie screens and Johnny Weismuller (Tarzan and Olympian) whose swimming was considered amazing. When we look at their old movies now, we think how awkward and even amateurish they look when compared with modern day wonders. How do I feel? I am thankful for the input they have given, wish them well in their new venture and watch for the ones who will take over the reins.
@AmbiePam (45713)
• United States
30 Jan 10
That is beautiful. I remember at the Sydney Olympics there was an Australian runner, I think she was an aborgine (sp.?). Whatever happened to her?
• Australia
30 Jan 10
You mean Kathy Freeman. She is still around, appearing in the news every now and then. She certainly could run! I think we are better known for our Olympic swimmers. For a small nation we do very well.
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@AmbiePam (45713)
• United States
30 Jan 10
I really liked Kathy Freeman.
@jillhill (37354)
• United States
30 Jan 10
I feel like it gives someone else an opportunity to do what those people might have been doing.....like leaving an opening for a new quarterback....so I am not upset by it. LaVeryl Spenser wrote some pretty fantastic books that I loved. When she retired I said ....good for you! She left an opening for someone else to maybe step in where she left off! I admire them very much for knowing when to move on!
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@AmbiePam (45713)
• United States
30 Jan 10
If only I liked the quarterback who will be taking Kurt Warner's place. It is Matt Leinart, who once drafted by the Cards, dumped his pregnant girlfriend, and started dating "stars" such as Paris Hilton.
@AmbiePam (45713)
• United States
30 Jan 10
pregnant girlfriend he'd had all through college
@Lakota12 (42794)
• United States
30 Jan 10
Some let down but then they know what they have to do. and its just time for them to do it
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@AmbiePam (45713)
• United States
30 Jan 10
If only Brett Favre were that decisive.
@Lakota12 (42794)
• United States
31 Jan 10
for sure
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@carpenter5 (6786)
• United States
31 Jan 10
I am of the opinion that we need to leave these people alone and let them have some semblance of a private life! Yes, I was a little disappointed that Kurt Warner retired, as I think his life story of how he got back into football is inspirational. But he is just a man. He has a family and has chosen to leave a sport and spend time with them. People put too much stock in celebrities. THey need to remember that they are just human beings...
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@AmbiePam (45713)
• United States
1 Feb 10
I do agree. There are a couple responders here who seem to be trying to comfort me over Kurt Warner's retiring, which is very kind of them. But it isn't bothering me, or hanging over my head. I just like the guy! lol
@edxcast (1169)
• Ecuador
31 Jan 10
Hi ambiempam I think is a nice way how you write this discussion. Since i dont know who Kurt Warner is(not a fan of american football at all) i probably wouldnt had answered if you didnt ask a more open question. As for me, im a fan of football(the one that does use the foot to play ) and on 2006 my favorite player, Zinedine Zidane retired on the world cup of that year. It was a shame his team(France) couldnt win the world cup and a shame that he didnt end his last game as we was expelled from the game because he gave a headbutt to Marco Materazzi (hit him on the chest). Well maybe we could say he end his career on an original way hehe. It was quiet a shock he did that since Zidane wasnt a violent player but Materazzi provoked him and unlucky for him he respond.
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• Philippines
30 Jan 10
Of course I will feel sad because you used to seeing them in every program airing and you learned for them once they says something. You will get to use to not seeing them when they are gone in time, but you will surely miss them. I will like the person like Oprah because I feel everything she says is real. I learned from her and she have a big heart. I am truly devastated when she finally announces she will be leaving the show soon but now I accepted it.
@allknowing (55106)
• India
30 Jan 10
Amol Palekar - This actor was not seen for well over 24 years. He is now into direction mostly Marathi films
When someone prematurely retires it does get noticed. In India there are quite a few actors who belong to this category. I was quite a fan of Amol Palekar who went into 'hiding' for 24 long years but is seen now occasionally in Marathi films.
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@nanajanet (4437)
• United States
30 Jan 10
It is sad because it is something that I enjoy. Even so, I get past it as something else will come along to take it's place.
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• Indonesia
30 Jan 10
love it
• Philippines
30 Jan 10
im not watching NFL games , cause i really like basketball than any kind of sports. when i watched NFL i get bored on it to watch after that i don't watch the NFL games.