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Alzado, Lyle

Born: 1949 AD
Died: 1992 AD
Nationality: American
Categories: Football Player

1949 – Born on April 3rd in Brooklyn, New York to an Italian-Spanish father and a Jewish mother.


1969 – Started taking anabolic steroids and never stopped.


1971 – He was a defensive lineman for Denver Broncos. Led the Broncos in sacks (10.5) and tackles (91). Two years later, he had a team record 13 sacks.


        – Alzado was named AFC Defensive Lineman of the Year as the Broncos made the playoffs for the first time in franchise history after a 12-2 regular season.

1979 – He was a defensive lineman for Cleveland Browns. Alzado had a contract dispute with the Broncos and walked out of training camp.


1982 – Alzado moved to the Los Angeles Raiders, and thrived under legendary owner Al Davis. He led the team with seven sacks in the strike-shortened season and was named the NFL Comeback Player of the Year.


1985 – He retired after the season, having recorded eight points that year (safety, and fumble recovery for touchdown).


1991 – In a Sports Illustrated article, a weakened Alzado spoke out against the horrors of steroids.  


1992 – He died at 43 of brain cancer brought on by excessive steroid use.