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Titus Young and the 10 Biggest Train Wrecks in Sports History

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Being a professional athlete in sports today comes with a certain level of fame and fortune that is difficult to even imagine. The pressure to win and perform at a high level makes even the greatest of athletes buckle under pressure. Unfortunately, there are many athletes who completely fall apart when the pressure is on, either mentally, physically or even financially. Here now are the 10 biggest train wrecks in sports history.

10. Maurice Clarett

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10. Maurice Clarett

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A standout running back at Ohio State in the early 2000s, Maurice Clarett challenged the NFL's rule that a player must wait three years after graduating from high school to declare for the draft but was denied. In 2005, he was drafted by Denver but was waived before the season. Clarett was arrested shortly thereafter for armed robbery and leading police on a high-speed chase.

9. Titus Young

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9. Titus Young

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A promising young player for the Detroit Lions, Titus Young turned into a locker room cancer. Young repeatedly ran the wrong routes during games, claimed he was better than Calvin Johnson and was released after just two seasons in the league. Young was arrested twice on the same day back in 2012 and was arrested this past July for five counts of battery.

8. Tiger Woods

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8. Tiger Woods

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Prior to his much publicized scandal, Tiger Woods was the best golfer who ever played the game. After the scandal, he has been nothing but a shell of himself. Woods has won zero majors since the 2008 U.S. Open and has missed extensive time due to injuries.

7. Jose Canseco

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7. Jose Canseco

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One of the most physically gifted players in baseball history, Jose Canseco went from a surefire Hall of Famer to a Hall of Fame snitch. After admitting to taking performance enhancing drugs, Canseco then turned 180 degrees and burned former teammates and MLB peers in his books "Juiced: Wild Times, Rampant 'Roids, Smash Hits & How Baseball Got Big" and "Vindicated."

6. John Daly

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6. John Daly

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John Daly is known more for smoking cigarettes on the course than actually being a successful golfer. Daly is the most unique personality the game has ever seen, but rarely did that amount to significant wins. He once played a round shirtless and was suspended by PGA Tour after walking out of 1993 Kapalua International.

5. Pete Rose

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5. Pete Rose

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The all-time hits leader, Pete Rose went from one of the greatest baseball players ever to being banned for life. Rose finally admitted to betting on games after a long history of denials. Rose once served a prison sentence for tax evasion.

4. Tonya Harding

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4. Tonya Harding

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Tonya Harding was one of the best figure skaters in the early 1990s, but her involvement in the Nancy Kerrigan attack cost her everything. For her alleged role in the plot, Harding was banned for life and is now just a sideshow.

3. Mike Tyson

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3. Mike Tyson

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In his prime, Mike Tyson was one of the most feared boxers ever. But then he lost to Buster Douglas, was never the same boxer and got a tattoo covering half of his face. His misdeeds include alcohol and drug abuse, bankruptcy, divorces, litigation, a three-year prison sentence for rape and taking a bite out of Evander Holyfield's ear.

2. Dennis Rodman

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2. Dennis Rodman

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A defensive specialist and rebounding champion, Dennis Rodman morphed into a sideshow later on in his NBA career. He became better known for his tattoos, body piercings and his rainbow hair color than his great defensive abilities. He also appeared at one of his book signings in a wedding dress.

1. O.J. Simpson

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1. O.J. Simpson

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One of the great running backs in NFL history is now remembered as one of the most famous acquittals in United States legal history. A jury found O.J. Simpson not guilty of murdering ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman in 1994, despite overwhelming evidence against him. Simpson later lost a civil suit filed by family members of the victims. He is now serving a 33-year prison sentence for conspiracy to commit kidnapping and robbery.

Brian Kalchik is a Detroit Lions writer for rantsports.com. Follow him on Twitter, like him on Facebook, and connect with him on Google.