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T.O., Chad Johnson and the Most Tragic Declines in Sports History

Perhaps it was fitting that Terrell “T.O.” Owens and Chad Johnson seemed like veritable twins on the football field and even saddled up together to do a reality show. Both are former NFL superstars. Both had flamboyant, in-your-face personalities. Both had their own TV shows. Both read their own headlines, believed their own hype and listened to the herd of groupies who stampeded into their corner to get a piece of the fame and fortune.

Today, both are broke, both are alone, both have been cut from their NFL teams (in the same week) and both face a mountain of legal proceedings and a thick stack of bills.

To see how they were on top of the sports and entertainment worlds just a few years ago, and to gaze at their predicament now, is almost sad.

Unfortunately, as rolling out, and point out, theirs are not the only ones whose legacies were tarnished by behavior on and off the field, as you’ll see below.


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  1. BOE 85 on August 28, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    Since you are clearly an intern I guess you can’t be fired. But, if anyone PAYS you to write this CRAP they should be fired. How does anyone on the Forbes list end up on a “TRAGIC DECLINE” list?

  2. BOE 85 on August 30, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    And oh yeah, the POTUS just had a fundraising dinner with MJ. Only thing in Tragic Decline are my brain cells after I read any articles written by Terry Shropshire.