The Unknown Legends of Female Sports Retiring


James Force, Sports Editor

With headlines recently enveloped by Serena William’s retirement, other recent legends in women’s sports who have recently retired got buried and stuffed under the landfall of Ms. Williams’s retirement. Sue Bird, Allyson Felix, Sylvia Fowles. Some people aren’t even aware of these retirements, and others haven’t grasped the effect of these retirements.

Sue Bird, a legend and sure-fire, first-ballot, Hall of Famer, retired earlier this year. She played 19 seasons in the WNBA, averaging 11 points, 2 rebounds, and 5 assists for her career. She also played in 13 all-star games and won 4 WNBA championships. She was widely respected by the entire league and retired with the most assists in league history. Another historic figure, Allyson Felix, also retired earlier this year. An Olympic athlete and track star, Felix played huge roles on the U.S. women’s relay team winning 6 gold medals and 4 consecutive gold medals. She overtook Carl Lewis as the American with the most Olympic track and field medals. In 5 Olympic games, she won 11 medals from 12 finals.

Drafted in 2008, the former MVP, 2-time finals MVP, multiple-time WNBA champ, multiple-time defensive player of the year, and 8 all-star games, Sylvia Fowles has retired. The 0-ballot Hall of Famer played for 15 seasons, averaging 16 points, 1 assist, and 10 rebounds for her career. She is the league-record holder in total rebounds, field goal percentage, and double-doubles, and is a member of the W’s 25th-anniversary team. All of these legends deserve to be just as recognized as Ms. Williams – they all deserve to be put in the spotlight for the blood, sweat, and tears that these women have put in.