of the great hockey players to ever play the game, came down with cancer
in his prime back in the early nineties. He came back from that and
returned to the ice in the late nineties only to suffer from a number of
severe hip problems. Now he is retiring again, at age 40, due to atrial
fibrillation, an irregular heartbeat that can cause his pulse to flutter
wildly and must be controlled by medication.
saying Lemieux ever used steroids -- perhaps all of his health problems
have to do with the side effects of the treatment for his initial cancer,
and with playing hockey. But it does seem like a lot of our world class
athletes are being struck down in their prime these days.
-- pituitary gland enlargement that wasn't cancerous.
-- died of a heart attack while writing the book "Running for
Armstrong -- cancer in his twenties.
-- nine-time NYC marathon champion, has been diagnosed with cancer at age
alarming trend. And this list doesn't begin to mention the numerous
professional wrestlers who have died of cancer or heart attacks, or of the
bizarre injuries incurred by some of our greatest athletes in their prime
(see Vladimir Klitschko ripping his knee apart and retiring from boxing at
age 34, after only one championship defense). Then there's the just odd
behavior some of our premier athletes exhibit:
Navratilova -- had a face like a man.
Clemens -- superhuman aggression on the field. (see Clemens throwing bat
at Mike Piazza during World Series game.)
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