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26 Athletes Who Quit Drinking

Updated April 25, 2019 200.8k views18 items

While it seems natural that a an ice-cold beer and a heated game go hand in hand, some of these athletes quit drinking. The number of sober athletes is not surprising--abstaining from alcohol is good for your health, and for sport performance. Several famous NFL players, basketball stars and MLB legends have quit drinking. Some of these athletes struggled with alcoholism for years, while others quit based on family history. One famous baseball player even opened a clinic to help other athletes who struggle with alcohol abuse.

Who is the most famous athlete who has quit drinking? Cristiano Ronaldo tops our list. Cristiano Ronaldo does not drink alcohol at all because his father died after years of alcohol abuse. In 2003, Joe Namath appeared drunk during a TV interview. "I want to kiss you. I couldn't care less about the team strugg-a-ling," he said to the interviewer Suzy Kolber. He later entered a rehab program and got sober.

Darryl Strawberry struggled with an addiction to drugs and alcohol for many years. In 2014, now sober, he opened The Darryl Strawberry Recovery Center to help athletes and individuals suffering from substance abuse. In 1997, Oksana Baiul was arrested on a DUI after crashing her car into a tree in Connecticut. She entered rehab and has been sober since 1998.

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  • Cristiano Ronaldo does not drink alcohol at all because his father died after years of alcohol abuse.
    • Age: 35
    • Nationality: Portugal
    • Birthplace: Santo António, Portugal
    • Teams: Manchester United F.C., Real Madrid C.F., Sporting Clube de Portugal, Portugal national football team
  • Brett Favre went to rehab for an addiction to alcohol and Vicodin in 1996.
    • Age: 51
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: Gulfport, Mississippi, United States of America
    • Teams: Green Bay Packers, New York Jets, Atlanta Falcons, Minnesota Vikings

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  • Dennis Rodman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 26 Athletes Who Quit Drinking
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    In 2014, Dennis Rodman cleaned up his act by checking into an alcohol rehab center to "decompress."
    • Age: 59
    • Nationality: United States of America, United Kingdom
    • Birthplace: Trenton, New Jersey, United States of America
    • Teams: Los Angeles Lakers, Chicago Bulls, Chicago Bulls, San Antonio Spurs, Dallas Mavericks

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  • In 2008, Charles Barkley was charged with two DUI counts and sent to rehab. He has also been open about his addiction to gambling.
    • Age: 57
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Birthplace: Leeds, Alabama, United States of America
    • Teams: Houston Rockets, Philadelphia 76ers, Philadelphia 76ers, Phoenix Suns, Phoenix Suns

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