Since the beginning of time sports and competition have been a foundation in all societies. From the Roman gladiators to the modern day sports heroes one thing is constant. Children and adults alike look up to these men and woman. With the epidemic of steroids, human growth hormone, and performance enhancing drugs in sports the last 25 years what example are we setting. Some of the most prolific football, baseball, and Olympians of our time have cheated. They took their checks, fame, metals, and rings, but what about being a good role model for the next generation. This list consists of some of the most prolific sports figures that have used or been accused of using performance enhancing drugs and will always suffer the consequences from it, at least in my eyes. Note that a few of the athletes on this list have denied steroid use and have not been confirmed users.
Shawne was drafted in the first round (12th Overall) in the 2005 NFL draft out of the University of Maryland. He quickly made himself known as one on the quickest and dominant outside linebackers in the game. Merriman has 39.5 career sacks in his first 43 NFL games. He has 189 tackles, was the 2005 Defensive Rookie of the Year, and has been selected to 3 Pro Bowls. On October 22, 2006 Merriman was given a 4 game suspension by the NFL for testing positive for an anabolic steroid. I guess we know what helped make Shawne one of the most feared players today. His suspension has led to the NFL rule that no player that has tested positive for steroids can be selected to the Pro Bowl or given any performance awards in the year they test positive. Merriman makes $11.5 millions dollars a year playing football. (Picture of Merriman)
Jose Canseco was drafted in the 15th round of the 1982 MLB draft. He was known for his power and was a modestly good player. He ended up with 462 home runs in his 16 year career. Jose did not make this list for his on field accomplishments, but rather he was the first athlete to come out and say I took steroids and so did a lot of other players. He published the tell all book Juiced Wild Times, Rampant ‘Roids which not only chronicled his steroid use throughout his career, but told of a huge problem in major league baseball. Over the years many of Jose’s claims and accusations have come to be very factual in describing specific players who used steroids. Some of the players that Canseco claimed to have used are Mark McGwire, Jason Giambi, Rafael Palmeiro, Ivan Rodriguez, and Juan Gonzalez.