Top 10 Great Athletes That Ended Up With Another Team

This week the Vegas Golden Knights visited the Pittsburgh Penguins and lost 5-4.  It marked the first time goaltender Marc-André Fleury played in Pittsburgh after being picked by Vegas in their expansion draft.  Fleury spent his first 14 seasons with the Penguins and his return was very emotional.  Sometimes legendary athletes play with one team their whole career but most times they end their careers with another team.  Let’s look at the times when an athlete was wearing a uniform that didn’t look right:

10. Franco Harris (Seattle Seahawks)


This one hurts.  Harris was a big part of the Super Steelers teams of the 70s, helping them get 4 Super Bowls.  He had a contract dispute in 1984 (at one point Steelers coach Chuck Noll said ‘Franco Who’) and spent his final year with the Seahawks.

9. Michael Jordan (Washington Wizards)


Jordan retired after the 1997-98 season but came back in 2001 with the Wizards. He was also part owner and president of basketball operations for the Wizards and played 2 seasons for Washington.

8. Joe Montana (Kansas City Chiefs) 


After spending his first 13 seasons and winning 4 Super Bowls with the San Fransisco 49ers, Montana was traded to the Chiefs in 1993.

7. Ray Bourque – Colorado Avalanche


After spending 21 seasons with the Boston Bruins, Bourque was traded to the Colorado Avalanche in 2000 to give him a chance to win a Stanley Cup.  The Avalanche didn’t win in 2000 but he played with them for the 2000-01 season and did win a championship.

6. Ken Griffey Jr (Chicago White Sox) 


Griffey spent his first 11 seasons with the Seattle Mariners, then spent 9 seasons with the Cincinnati Reds but was traded to the White Sox in 2008.  He played 41 games in 2008 for the White Sox as well as the playoffs.  He ended his career with the Mariners.

5. Jerry Rice (Seattle Seahawks)

Jerry Rice Seahawks

Rice spent 15 seasons with the 49ers, 3 seasons with the Oakland Raiders but was traded to the Seahawks during the 2004 season.

4. Willie Mays (New York Mets)


Mays spent 21 seasons with the Giants (New York and San Francisco) before being traded to the Mets in 1972. He retired in 1973.

3. Shaquille O’Neal (Boston Celtics)


Shaq is best known for playing for the Magic, Lakers and Heat, but he spent two seasons with the Suns, one season with the Cavs and ended his career in 2010-11 with the Celtics where he played only 37 games due to injuries.

2. Emmitt Smith (Arizona Cardinals)


Smith spent 13 seasons with the Dallas Cowboys and won 3 Super Bowls before being released after the 2002 season and signing with the Cardinals.  He spent his final 2 seasons with the Cardinals.

1. Brett Favre (New York Jets)


Favre spent 16 seasons with the Green Bay Packers but was traded to the Jets in 2008.  He played one season with the Jets before retiring with the Minnesota Vikings.


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