10 Nov 2005
Former Bucs and Steelers lineman Steve Courson, best known for becoming one of the first NFL players to acknowledge using steroids, died Thursday when a tree he was cutting fell on him. He was 50. Courson was using a chain saw to cut down a dead 44-foot tall tree with a circumference of 5 feet when it fell on him.
Courson estimated that about half of his fellow NFL players used steroids. After he retired he experienced serious heart problems that he linked to his steroid use, but he also said he thinks steroids are dangerous mostly because athletes use them in extremely high, unmonitored dosages. I wrote about Courson in a chapter of Will Carroll's book, The Juice.
23 comments, Last at 08 May 2010, 10:20pm by john meyer
The Bucs' rookie made a lot of big plays last year, but he'll need to cut down on turnovers and sloppy throws to live up to his draft status.