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The Sad State of Retired Athletes

This article from Slate is chockfull of sad stories about famous athletes who didn't know what to do (or who they were) after the fame, glamor, and riches wore off. The article explores preachable angles on "the complicated post-baseball days of Joe DiMaggio," or 38-year-old Terrell Owens who is described as "idle, adrift, desperate for cash, fending off rumors about his mental health," or the former "juiced-up terror" Jose Canseco. The article also claims that Allen Iverson is now a "broke recluse." As one of Iverson's former teammates says, "He has hit rock bottom, but he hasn't accepted it yet."

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This article shines a spotlight not just on the sad reality of fame's eventual collapse; it also exposes some sober truths about our own hero worship.

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