Boldin, a second-round draft pick out of FSU in 2003 (he dropped on boards after a slow 40-yard dash, but his size and smarts and physicality proved more than enough to get him what little separation he needed to be an inviting target for his quarterbacks), retires after 14 NFL seasons with Arizona, Baltimore, San Francisco, and Detroit, and he racked up some truly impressive numbers along the way—they honestly caught me by surprise, given that seemed rarely if ever to have been the No. 1 receiver on his own teams, or at least not the top vertical threat. He finishes with 1,076 receptions (ninth all-time), 13,779 yards receiving (14th all-time), and 83 touchdowns caught (23rd all-time). Add to that three Pro Bowl appearances and a championship ring won with the Ravens in 2013, and Boldin is a pretty good candidate for the Hall of Fame. (I wouldn’t dare make an actual prediction of his chances, given the Pro Football HOF’s often inexplicable selection process.)
The Story: In February 2005 Canseco released his autobiography and steroid tell-all, Juiced , Wild Times, Rampant 'Roids, Smash Hits, and How Baseball Got Big. In it he described himself as 'the chemist' having experimented on himself for years. He claimed to have educated and personally injected many players including Mark McGwire, Rafael Palmeiro, Juan Gonzalez, Ivan Rodriguez, and Jason Giambi. In his second book, Vindicated , Canseco added Magglio Ordonez to the list of players he had educated and injected with steroids. He also said he introduced Alex Rodriguez to a trainer/PED supplier after Rodriguez had asked where he could get steroids.
Position(s) : OF, DH
Stats : .266 BA 1877 H 462 HR 1407 RBI
Career : 1985-2001
Team(s) : Athletics, Rangers, Red Sox, Blue Jays, Rays, Yankees, White Sox
Accomplishments : 6x All-Star, 4x Silver Slugger, 2x Champion, 1x MVP, ROY
The man, the myth, the legend. Jose started it all with his book, Juiced: Wild Times, Rampant 'Roids, Smash Hits, and How Baseball Got Big in 2005. In said text, Canseco named names and created a scandal on par with the Black Sox and segregation in baseball. He claimed that about 85% of major leaguers are doping and that he personally injected McGwire, Juan Gonzalez, Ivan Rodriguez, Palmeiro and Jason Giambi. Two years later, Canseco published another book entitled, Vindicated , in which he outed Alex Rodriguez as a user. People thought he was full of shit until Alex came clean in 2009 and admitted to juicing during his time in Texas. Along with fellow "Bash Brother," Mark McGwire, he tore through the majors averaging 40 home runs a season during his 17-year career. He was the first member of the prestigious (not anymore) 40/40 club when he accomplished the feet in 1988. He was banging celebrities and was on top of the world until his back went on him and his off the field antics started to take their toll.