Athletes Battling Substance Abuse

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Michael Irvin

Former Dallas Cowboy wide receiver Michael Irvin, 47, made a name for himself in the 1990s helping the Cowboys win three Super Bowls. Irvin’s battle with cocaine and alcohol surfaced in 1996 when he was arrested on charges of cocaine possession. After his retirement in 2005, he was again arrested for cocaine possession and suspended from his hosting job on ESPN's Sunday NFL Countdown.

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