Greatest Work-Hard, Play-Hard Athletes in History

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Greatest Work-Hard, Play-Hard Athletes in History

Most athletes are finely tuned machines, spending their lives trying to perfect their craft and looking to gain every physical advantage possible over their opponents. They work to keep their bodies and minds in peak condition so that, when their moment comes, they are ready to seize it without anything holding them back.

But that regimented lifestyle isn't for all athletes. No, some of the most famous in the world of sports seemingly make it their personal mission to test the boundaries of their bodies' tolerance for punishment—and not in the form of physical exertion, but punishment at the hands of a litany of vices, be it booze, other drugs, food, gambling or women.

Stories of the prodigious carousing, late-night partying, and general destructive behavior are in no shortage when it comes to athletes. But a select few push the envelope so far, burning the candle at both ends in an effort to satiate a seemingly bottomless appetite for thrills both on and off the field.

Only those athletes make Bleacher Report's list of the Greatest Work-Hard, Play-Hard Athletes in History.

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