Athletes aren’t just known for their stellar performance in their sports anymore. Many of them turn into instant celebrities, which means their every move is scrutinized. You would think most of them would take extra precautions when it comes to their vices, considering children and adults alike look up to them as role models. But, many of them choose to live a lifestyle that not only leads to disappointment for their fans, but to the demise of their careers. Below are some of the most beloved athletes whose bad choices ruined their prosperous careers.

Beloved athletes

1.  Shawne Merriman

Drafted in the first round of the 2005 NFL draft, Merriman quickly became known as one of the quickest outside linebackers in football. He has 39.5 career sacks in his first 43 NFL games, 189 tackles and was the 2005 Defensive Rookie of the Year. He was also selected to 3 Pro Bowls. But in 2006 he was given a 4 game suspension for testing positive for an anabolic steroid. His suspension led to the NFL ruling that no one who has tested positive for steroids can be selected to the Pro Bowl or given any performance awards in the year they test positive.

Shawn Merriman