Most legendary athletes, after retiring from their sport and public life, leave behind a legacy that’s remembered by generations after them.
Abby Wambach, however, wants the opposite to happen.
The American soccer star announced her retirement in a dramatic tweet that simply stated, “Make them forget me” and soon after deleted her Twitter account. Her request is explained in more detail through this inspiring Gatorade ad:
The commercial features the legendary U.S. player packing up her locker for the last time and saying a final goodbye to her career by throwing away her locker nameplate. In an impassioned voice, she hopes that the coming generation will exceed her accomplishments and to bring home this message, deleted her Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts.
Many high profile figures have shown their appreciation for the athlete including the President Barack Obama
Congrats on a great career, Abby Wambach. For the goals you’ve scored & the kids you’ve inspired, you’re the GOAT! pic.twitter.com/Kud56ChsBO— President Obama (@POTUS) December 16, 2015
Congrats go to Abby Wambach as she plays her last game for the #USWNT. A storied career. Go Gators. Go USA.— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) December 17, 2015
Hate to see your favorite athletes retire. Admired Abby Wambach so much. Remember UF summer camps she coached & later a pro to interview— Britt McHenry (@BrittMcHenry) December 17, 2015
In her 14-year career span, the 35-year-old soccer star has been honored with two Olympic gold medals, the 2011 Women’s World Cup, 2012 FIFA World Player of the Year award and six U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year Crowns. She now bequeaths her legacy to the next generation and could not have made a better exit to her inspiring career.