8. Robert Smith
Robert Smith enjoyed great success with Vikings. He was a Pro Bowler and ground leader of Vikings’ offence in the 1990s. In 2000, he reached the peak of his career when he made an amazing dash of 1521 yards. But it seemed like his heart was set on academia not football. At only 28 years old, he took retirement.
Initially it was believed he retired to enlist in medical school. But that never materialized. Instead he now works as a Program Manager at a software company that provides services to health care organizations. He published his autobiography in 2004. Apart from that he likes orchestra and astronomy.