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Successful Athletes Who Used to Be Homeless

Updated June 14, 2019 23.0k views4 items

They may have made millions during their all-star careers, but these athletes have something else in common: they all lived on the streets at some point during their lives. Some, like Tennessee Titan Michael Oher, famously overcame troubled childhoods to find success, while others lost it all after becoming award-winning sports legends.

Ranked loosely by fame and popularity, this list includes several famous fighters, NFL players, and baseball players who have been homeless. Whether they struggled to survive by stealing food from garbage cans or by sleeping under freeway overpasses, these athletes have experienced the full spectrum of life’s highs and lows.

Who is the most famous homeless athlete? Jean-Claude Van Damme tops our list. The martial arts master lived on the streets of LA before landing his first starring role. Then there’s Packers star Lionel Aldridge, who became homeless after he was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia in the late 1970s, and Hall-of-Famer Dick Lane, who was rescued as an infant from a dumpster.

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