Science Fair Project Encyclopedia
He is probably most remembered today for being one of the first major U.S. sports figures to admit to abuse of steroids. In the last years of his life, as he battled against the brain tumor that eventually caused his death, he asserted that his steroid abuse directly led to his final illness.
He was born in Brooklyn, New York to an Italian-American father and Jewish mother. When he was 10 the family moved to Cedarhurst, on Long Island, and his father left home when he was in high school. He played high school football but was not a standout.
He was a star with the Broncos for several seasons, leading the team in sacks 5 times and making the Pro Bowl in 1977 and 1978. In 1979 he had a contract dispute, and the Broncos traded him to the Cleveland Browns.
He played well with the Browns, leading the team in sacks in 1980 and 1981, but the Browns traded him to the Oakland Raiders in 1982 to reduce their salary burden. He continued to perform well for the Raiders in the 1983 and 1984 seasons, but was injured part way through 1985 and retired at the end of the year. He attempted a comeback in 1990 but injured a knee during training camp and was released.
Outside of Football
Alzado pursued an acting career in both movies and television, appearing mostly in youth-oriented comedy and adventure roles.
He was an amateur boxer, and once fought an exhibition match against Muhammed Ali.
The contents of this article is licensed from www.wikipedia.org under the GNU Free Documentation License. Click here to see the transparent copy and copyright details