Meet Aaron Rodgers. He's 28 years old, has a Superbowl ring and a Most Valuable Player award to his name, and is considered by many folks to be the best quarterback in the business. He's living the dream. But the past has taught us that the man named "Thunder Lips" could be on the cusp of a vicious downfall.
It all began earlier this week, when the Packers' star gunslinger had his leadership qualities questioned. A subtle start towards a tarnished reputation. Before he knows it, he'll be 38 years old, changing teams as often as he rotates rolls of toilet paper, and sending provocative texts to a sideline host that looks eerily like his eventual wife. Sound familiar?
So maybe all of this is an extreme example of how any illustrious competitor could fall faster than Fast Actin' Tenactin, but it should be a lesson for the Green Bay icon. A slight slip can become a deep fall, a brief whisper of doubt can become a realistic horror for someone we believed was a hero.
Not all sports exits, retirements and departures are as inspirational as Lou Gehrig's was in 1939. Many have had their reputations and legacies tarnished in a heartbeat because of their actions, or their refusal to respectfully fade into oblivion.
Here are those who left on a disgraceful note, those who left promise and honor far behind.
Note: We still love you Aaron Rodgers, thanks for being a good sport.