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Encyclopedia > Lyle Alzado
Lyle Alzado
Date of birth April 3, 1949
Place of birth Brooklyn, NY
Date of death May 14, 1992
Position(s) Defensive lineman
College Yankton
NFL Draft 1971 / Round 4/ Pick 79
Pro Bowls 2
Awards 1982 NFL Comeback Player of the Year
Statistics
  • Pro Football Reference
  • DatabaseFootball
Team(s)
1971-1978
1979-1981
1982-1985
Denver Broncos
Cleveland Browns
Los Angeles Raiders

Lyle Alzado (April 3, 1949May 14, 1992) was a NFL football player most famous for his intense and intimidating style of play. April 3 is the 93rd day of the year (94th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 272 days remaining. ... 1949 (MCMXLIX) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1949 calendar). ... For other meanings, see Brooklyn (disambiguation). ... May 14 is the 134th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (135th in leap years). ... 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ... In American football, each team has 11 players on the field at one time. ... A defensive lineman is any of the down positions on the defensive side of American football. ... This is a list of athletic conferences of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). ... Yankton College is a small liberal arts college in Yankton, South Dakota. ... The NFL Draft (officially the NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting) is an annual sports draft in which National Football League (NFL) teams take turns selecting amateur college American football players and other first-time eligible players. ... The 1971 NFL Draft was held on January 28-29, 1971 // Round One Hall of Famers John Riggins, RB, Kansas - taken 1st round, 6th overall by the New York Jets. ... Tackle during 2006 Pro Bowl in Hawaii A top cheerleader from each team takes part in the 2006 Pro Bowl in Hawaii The Pro Bowl is the National Football Leagues all-star game. ... The NFL Comeback Player of the Year Award has been given out after every season since 1972, except for 1985 when no winner was selected. ... Locations of teams in the NFL States with AFC team (red), NFC team (blue) The National Football League (NFL) is the largest professional American football league, consisting of thirty-two teams from American cities and regions. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... City Cleveland, Ohio Team colors Seal Brown, Orange, and White Head Coach Romeo Crennel Owner Randy Lerner General manager Phil Savage Mascot CB, Chomps, TD, and Trapper League/Conference affiliations All-America Football Conference (1946-1949) Western Division (1946-1948) National Football League (1950–present) American Conference (1950-1952) Eastern... City Oakland, California Team colors Silver and Black Head Coach Art Shell Owner Al Davis General manager Michael Lombardi League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Western Division (1960-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970-present) AFC West (1970-present) Team history Oakland Raiders (1960... April 3 is the 93rd day of the year (94th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 272 days remaining. ... 1949 (MCMXLIX) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1949 calendar). ... May 14 is the 134th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (135th in leap years). ... 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ... NFL logo For other uses of the abbreviation NFL, see NFL (disambiguation). ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ...

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Early life, high school and college football

He was born in Brooklyn, New York to an Italian-Spanish father and a Jewish mother. When he was 10 when the family moved to Cedarhurst, on Long Island, and his father left when he was in Lawrence High School (New York). He played high school football, but was not a standout. For other meanings, see Brooklyn (disambiguation). ... This article describes some ethnic, historic, and cultural aspects of the Jewish identity; for a consideration of the Jewish religion, refer to the article Judaism. ... Cedarhurst is a village located in Nassau County, New York. ... Mercator projection of Long Island Long Island is an island in New York, USA. It has an area of 1,377 square miles (3567 km²) and a population of 7. ... Lawrence High School is a four-year public high school located in Cedarhurst, New York. ...


He played college football for Kilgore Junior College for two years, and then Yankton College in South Dakota, where he was noticed by a Denver Broncos coach watching film. The Broncos drafted him in the fourth round, in 1971. Yankton College is a small liberal arts college in Yankton, South Dakota. ... Official language(s) English Capital Pierre Largest city Sioux Falls Area  Ranked 17th  - Total 77,163 sq mi (199,905 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 380 miles (610 km)  - % water 1. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


NFL career

He was a star with the Broncos for several seasons, leading the team in sacks five times and making the Pro Bowl in 1977 and 1978. In 1979 he had a contract dispute, and the Broncos traded him to the Cleveland Browns. During his career he played defensive line for the Los Angeles Raiders, Cleveland Browns, and Denver Broncos during the 1970s and early 1980s. He was noted as a colorful and popular figure with each team. City Cleveland, Ohio Team colors Seal Brown, Orange, and White Head Coach Romeo Crennel Owner Randy Lerner General manager Phil Savage Mascot CB, Chomps, TD, and Trapper League/Conference affiliations All-America Football Conference (1946-1949) Western Division (1946-1948) National Football League (1950–present) American Conference (1950-1952) Eastern... City Oakland, California Team colors Silver and Black Head Coach Art Shell Owner Al Davis General manager Michael Lombardi League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Western Division (1960-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970-present) AFC West (1970-present) Team history Oakland Raiders (1960... City Cleveland, Ohio Team colors Seal Brown, Orange, and White Head Coach Romeo Crennel Owner Randy Lerner General manager Phil Savage Mascot CB, Chomps, TD, and Trapper League/Conference affiliations All-America Football Conference (1946-1949) Western Division (1946-1948) National Football League (1950–present) American Conference (1950-1952) Eastern... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, inclusive. ...


He played well with the Browns, leading the team in sacks in 1980 and 1981, but the Browns traded him to the Los Angeles Raiders in 1982 to reduce their salary burden. He continued to perform well for the Raiders in the 1983 season, helping lead them to a Super Bowl that year. He also had an outstanding 1984 season, but was injured part way through 1985 and retired at the end of the year. He attempted a comeback in 1990, but injured a knee during training camp and was released. After this he retired for good. City Oakland, California Team colors Silver and Black Head Coach Art Shell Owner Al Davis General manager Michael Lombardi League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Western Division (1960-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970-present) AFC West (1970-present) Team history Oakland Raiders (1960... The winning Super Bowl team receives the Vince Lombardi Trophy. ...


Steroids

He is probably most remembered today for being one of the first major U.S. sports figures to admit to abuse of steroids. In the last years of his life, as he battled against the brain cancer that eventually caused his death at the age of 43, Alzado asserted that his steroid abuse directly led to his final illness. This assertion has been disputed by many medical experts as there is no medical evidence steroids had anything to do with his condition and his own doctors denied the claim that they did. Chemical structure of the natural anabolic hormone testosterone, 17b-hydroxy-4-androsten-3-one. ... A brain tumor is any mass created by an abnormal and uncontrolled growth of cells either found in the brain (neurons, glial cells, epithelial cells, myelin producing cells, etc. ... For other uses, see Death (disambiguation). ... Chemical structure of the natural anabolic hormone testosterone, 17b-hydroxy-4-androsten-3-one. ...


Outside of football

Alzado pursued an acting career in both movies and television, appearing mostly in youth-oriented comedy and adventure roles. His most notable film roles include the bully construction worker in Ernest Goes to Camp and the unstoppable killer in Destroyer (1988 motion picture). Ernest Goes to Camp was made in 1987 starring Jim Varney and Victoria Racimo, among others. ... Destroyer is a 1988 horror/action film starring retired football lineman Lyle Alzado. ...


He appeared in Stop the Madness, a 1985 anti-drug music video sponsored by the Reagan administration. Stop the Madness was an anti-drug music video sponsored by the Reagan administration in 1985, starring New Edition, LaToya Jackson (aka Michael), Whitney Houston, Nancy Reagan, David Hasselhoff, Tootie Ramsey (Kim Fields) from the The Facts of Life, Herb Alpert, Casey Kasem and Boogaloo Shrimp from the Breakin franchise... See also: 1984 in music, other events of 1985, 1986 in music, 1980s in music and the list of years in music // January 28 - Various artists, including Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, Michael Jackson, Billy Joel, Cyndi Lauper, Steve Perry, Kenny Loggins, Willie Nelson, Lionel Richie, Smokey Robinson, Kenny Rogers, Diana... President Reagan, with his Cabinet and staff, in the Oval Office (February 4, 1981) Headed by U.S. President Ronald Reagan from 1981 to 1989, the Reagan Administration was conservative, steadfastly anti-Communist and in favor of tax cuts and smaller government. ...


He made a guest appearance on The Super Mario Bros. Super Show in 1989. Various television shows based on Super Mario Bros. ...


He was an amateur boxer, and once fought an exhibition match against Muhammad Ali. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


Learning the Ropes

Alzado starred in the sitcom Learning the Ropes where he played a high school principal moonlighting as a professional wrestler known as "The Masked Maniac." The show's premise was that Alzado's wrestler lifestyle was a secret alter ego. NWA Wrestling stars such as Ric Flair, Ronnie Garvin and The Road Warriors made guest appearances on the show. The National Wrestling Alliance NWA is a group of independent professional wrestling promotions, in operation since 1948. ... Ric Flair (born on February 25, 1949, and named Richard Morgan Fliehr upon his adoption several weeks later), is an American professional wrestler currently with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) on its RAW brand. ... Ron Garvin Ron Garvin was a professional wrestler and referee. ... The Legion Of Doom The Road Warriors with Paul Ellering. ...


See also

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External links

  • ESPN Classic bio
  • Article about Alzado's exhibition boxing match against Muhammad Ali
  • Article about Alzado's strong man performance and steroid use
  • Lyle Alzado at the Internet Movie Database
  • "Stop the Madness" music video
  • Lyle Alzado's Gravesite

  Results from FactBites:
 
ESPN Classic - Roid Rage (557 words)
Alzado's nicknames included "Rainbow" and "Three Mile Lyle." The former referred to Alzado's mood swings and the latter to his volcanic temper.
Alzado, who said he spent 4-6 hours daily in the weight room, went from 195 pounds as a freshman at Yankton to 245 as a sophomore, 280 as a junior and 300 as a senior.
Alzado's fourth wife, Kathy, discovered he was on steroids when she found a needle in the garbage can.
Willamette Week Online | News | NEWS STORY | Sudden Death Overtime | Wednesday June 14th, 2006 (573 words)
Lyle Alzado, a 15-year All-Pro defensive lineman in the NFL, confessed to ESPN in July 1991 that he relied on steroids and human growth hormone.
Alzado spent his final days in Oregon because he was getting treatment at OHSU for his brain cancer and because his fourth wife, whom he married one month before his cancer diagnosis in 1991, was from Lake Oswego.
Alzado's first wife, Cynthia, has claims totaling $211,000 in unpaid spousal and child support for the two years before Alzado died, and for future child support due Alzado's son Justin, who was 9 when his father died.
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