There are plenty of workers in their 30s, 40s and 50s who would love to retire early and move into a luxury active lifestyle senior community, but many of us still have years of work to get through first. There are, however, some comparatively young people who have the opportunity to get out of the game (literally) and start their retirement early. Unfortunately for these retirees, they don’t meet the qualifications to live in an Ovation community – at least not yet.
Rob Gronkowski, more commonly known simply as Gronk – a tight end who played for the New England Patriots his entire career – retired in 2019 at the age of 30. During his career, Gronk set a number of records for his position and postseason performance, such as being the only tight end to lead the league in receiving touchdowns (17 in 2011) or having the most combined receptions and receiving yards for a tight end in championship game history (23 receptions and 297 yards). Considered by many to be one of the greatest tight ends to have ever played the game, his departure left a Gronk-shaped hole in New England’s roster, certainly making future championships just a bit more difficult for the storied franchise.
Despite Gronk’s retirement, his teammate and legendary quarterback Tom Brady is sticking with it. Brady is 12 years Gronk’s senior and has been the subject of retirement rumors for the past several years.
Nikki Bella started her career in modeling and acting, both of which equipped her with the skills she’d need for a lucrative 13-year career in professional wrestling. Nikki and her sister held several roles in the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) organization, from competing in the ring to interviewing guest stars to being integral characters in WWE’s Total Divas reality TV show. Although still involved with WWE, Nikki retired from the ring in 2019 after a cyst was discovered in her brain.
Dwayne Wade spent most of his 16-year NBA career with the Miami Heat, boasting 22 points, 4.7 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game on average. He was recognized for his skill dozens of times throughout his career, playing in three NBA championships, being named NBA finals MVP in 2006 and the NBA scoring champion in 2009.
Andrew Luck understands a life philosophy that many people should probably take to heart – there’s nothing more important than good health, and retirements are best spent able-bodied and healthy. In college Luck played for the Stanford Cardinal, where he was the 2010 and 2011 runner-up for the Heisman Trophy. He was the first overall pick by the Indianapolis Colts in the 2012 NFL Draft, where he stayed for his entire seven-year career. He helped the team reach the playoffs three times and led the colts to AFC South division titles in 2013 and 2014.
Dirk Nowitzki, born in Würzburg, Germany, was drafted into the NBA in 1998. He spent the next 21 years playing for the Dallas Mavericks, where he averaged 20.7 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game. He was a 14-time NBA All-Star, won an NBA championship in 2011 and was named the NBA Finals MVP that year.
Sir Andrew Barron Murray is a Scottish tennis player who decided to end his career in 2019 after struggling to recover from a variety of recurring injuries. Murray accomplished a lot during his 14-year career as a professional tennis player, winning Gold in the Olympics twice, becoming a Davis Cup champion, a three-time Grand Slam tournament winner and winning the 2016 ATP World Tour Finals. Murray maintained a stint as the number one tennis player in the world from November 7, 2016 to August 20, 2017, the longest reign of any player from the United Kingdom.
Elli Manning announced the 2019 season would be his last, officially retiring from the NFL on January 24, 2020. The quarterback is retiring as the highest paid NFL player in the history of the league (so far) after earning over a quarter of a billion dollars ($252 million). He just barely beat out his brother, Payton Manning, who retired in 2016 after taking home approximately $249 million. Manning played for the New York Giants his entire career and led the team to championship victories in 2007 and 2011.
Hopefully these athletes will find retirement to be a productive time in their lives. Retirement is what you make of it, and every person’s journey is unique to them. Both Ovation Sienna Hills and Ovation Heartwood Preserve have been optimized to allow residents to make the most out of their retirement years.
Whether you’re just looking for a worry-free home base while you travel the world, a community filled with like-minded retirees for great company or a place where you can focus on enjoyment and self-care, you’ll find a welcoming home at Ovation by Avamere.