There's no question this must be excruciatingly difficult on the entire family.
The source said:
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When most sports figures retire from public life, they ask only to be remembered. Abby Wambach wants the opposite.
The U.S. Women's Soccer Team star announced her retirement with a dramatic final tweet — before deleting her Twitter entirely!
The request is explained in more depth in a final commercial for Gatorade.
The two-time gold medal winning Olympian says:
"Forget the medals won, the records broken, and the sacrifices made. I want to leave a legacy where the ball keeps rolling forward, where the next generation accomplishes things so great that I am no longer remembered. Because the day I'm forgotten is the day I'll succeed. So, forget me."
It's an amazingly selfless sentiment that is pure sports. And we LOVE it!
See the whole ad (below)!