Steve Courson

Steve Courson

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Stephen Paul "Steve" Courson (October 1, 1955November 10, 2005) was an American football guard for the National Football League's Pittsburgh Steelers.

Early years

Steve Courson grew up in Longmeadow, Massachusetts and went to Longmeadow High School . He played on the offense and defense lines and graduated in 1973 in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. His #71 was retired, and he is the only football player in Gettysburg High School history to receive such an honor.

After graduating from Gettysburg, Courson went on to play on the offensive line at the University of South Carolina.

Football & steroids

During his freshman year at the University of South Carolina, Courson later stated that:



He played for the Steelers from 1978–1983 and retired in 1985 after two seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In 1991, his book False Glory: The Steve Courson Story, about his life in football when he used steroids, was published. He was one of the first American football players to admit to using steroids and harshly criticized them, making nearly 100 speeches a year to high school and college athletes about their dangers. Courson bench pressed but came to feel ashamed and guilty that he really didn't lift the weight – it was the power that steroids gave him. Courson was one of the first players to confess he had been using steroids during his playing career. He suffered from a heart condition which was believed to have been caused by his steroid use.See Courson v....
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