This Day In Sports History (May 14th) – Lyle Alzado
It was on this day in 1992 that former NFL defensive end Lyle Alzado passed away. Years of steroid abuse led to a cancerous brain tumor, which ultimately caused Alzado to die at the young age of 43.
Lyle Alzado was known throughout the NFL as a very intense and intimidating player on the field. He played a total of 15 seasons in the league, suiting up for the Denver Broncos, Cleveland Browns and, most notably, wearing the silver and black of the Los Angeles Raiders. Alzado was a key component to the 1983 Raiders who beat the Washington Redskins to capture Superbowl XVIII.
Alzado was one of the first North American professional athletes to admit to using steroids. Unfortunately, many athletes in this day in age have not learned from Alzado’s story, as the temptation of money and fame have caused numerous athletes to take steroids, which could take some valuable years off their lives.
Here is a look at Lyle Alzado working out.
Dennis Martinez, MLB – Born May 14th 1955 (age 58) in Granada, Nicaragua
Tony Siragusa, NFL – Born May 14th 1967 (age 46) in Kenilworth, New Jersey
Roy Halladay, MLB – Born May 14th 1977 (age 36) in Denver, Colorado