While attending the University of Oklahoma, Brian Bosworth maintained himself not only as an athlete but performed quite well academically. He was a linebacker on the college football team. He was a controversial figure even in his college years for being a little hard on the tackle. He received the Butkus Awards twice and landed the 30th spot on the 100 Greatest College Players of All-Time list by College Football News.
His fame as a college star was stained when he tested positive for the use of steroids. Although he apologized to his teammates and the people, he went on to criticize the NCCA for their drug-testing regulations. He would express his criticism to the board through statement T-shirts, accessories, and comments which directly referred to the board.
He even went as far as referring to the board as “National Communist Against Athletes.” He defended his actions by claiming that the steroids he used were “physician prescribed” and was unaware it would take a year to detox from it.
Bosworth was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the 1987 Supplemental Draft. Soon after this, he sued the NFL to be able to wear a #44 jersey. The outspoken player drew much attention to himself when prior to a game, he challenged Raiders player Bo Jackson by declaring that he was going to “contain” him. Despite being wrapped up, Jackson proceeded to make the touchdown, which contributed to the Raiders victory.
After only two seasons, Bosworth was forced to retire from football in 1989 because of a shoulder injury.