20 Athletes Who Started Sucking Without Warning

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20 Athletes Who Started Sucking Without Warning
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Great athletes inevitably experience a decline as a long career comes to an end; as the inertia of age begins to overcome the desire to carry on. This story—the rise and slow fade—of the great athlete seeking a graceful way to leave the game, or win that one last championship, is repeated over and over.

Jordan, Montana, Lemieux—the best don't always write the perfect ending, but the end is inevitable. Then, there are those athletes who appear to be laying the groundwork for an outstanding career only to find success slip away...quickly.

The fall is sudden, prompting questions about the cause, or if the player ever truly was on the path to greatness. The nature of a promising athlete's implosion can be as intriguing as the rise of a superstar. 

These are 20 athletes who started to suck without warning.

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