Sports stars have the ability to captivate the world during the height of a game's drama thanks to uncertainty of the outcomes and the stars’ unquestionable talent and athleticism. Some players gain celebrity status thanks to being positioned squarely in the midst of a media circus with fervent fan interaction.
Here are several sports stars that enjoyed years in the spotlight. Some were spotlight staples for decades, some burned out and some settled for quiet retirement. Many times when their time on the field or court ends, the spotlight shines on the young, up-and-coming stars and turns its back on the heroes from just yesterday.
Here is what some big sports names of years ago are doing in 2012.