Superhuman athletes are people too

They achieve unthinkable feats, but that doesn't make them immune to temptation

Updated: November 20, 2012, 12:26 PM ET
By Jon Rankin | Competitor.com

When my mother told me Superman wasn't real I immediately began to cry. The tears I cried that day weren't for the death of my hero. I cried because no one with enough power was going to come and save us. -- Geoffrey Canada

The death of a hero, real or fictionalized, is a very traumatic experience for anyone. It's so traumatizing, in fact, that a person's entire world can be destroyed by it. When it comes to sports, more than any other arena, the death of a hero seems to have this affect.

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