Apr. 3, 1949 Brooklyn Kings County (Brooklyn) New York, USA
May 14, 1992 Clackamas County Oregon, USA
Professional Football Player. He played for the Denver Broncos, Cleveland Browns and Los Angeles Raiders. A true defensive standout for the Broncos, he was the first Yankton (South Dakota) College player ever drafted by the NFL and was a two-time All-Conference pick. From those humble beginnings, his combination of quickness and strength provided him with the pass-rushing skills to start with the Broncos in 1971. His 4.75 40-yard dash time, coupled with his tremendous strength (he once had 27 wins as an amateur boxer) ranked him as one of pro football's top pass rushers. His status as a premier defensive lineman was also enhanced by his versatility - he played both end and tackle in the front four with All-pro status. An American football Superbowl hero with the Los Angeles Raiders in the 1984, he owned a restaurant in West Hollywood and had embarked on a career as a movie actor when he died in 1992 after going public about his steroid use while in pro football. "I started taking anabolic steroids in 1969 and never stopped," he admitted during his pain-racked final days. "It was addicting, mentally addicting. Now I'm sick, and I'm scared. Ninety per cent of the athletes I know are on the stuff. We're not born to be 300lbs or jump 30ft. But all the time I was taking steroids, I knew they were making me play better. I became very violent on the field and off it. I did things only crazy people do. Once a guy sideswiped my car and I beat the hell out of him. Now look at me. My hair's gone, I wobble when I walk and have to hold on to someone for support, and I have trouble remembering things. My last wish? That no one else ever dies this way". Lyle Alzado was 43 when he died of brain cancer brought on by excessive use of steroids.
Cause of death: Brain cancer brought on by excessive steroid use
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Though you played for the Broncos and Browns as well, I'll always remember you as a Raider. You were a great player, and it's sad that your legacy is forever tarnished because of steroid use. May you R.I.P., Lyle... -
Darren Plateroti Added: Apr. 15, 2016
I wish I was around to see you play. Raiders 4 Life!!! -
JB McNamee Added: Apr. 14, 2016