2. Tiger Woods
At the end of his career, Michael Jordan passed the torch to Tiger Woods, who became America's Most Beloved (and Corporate Friendly) Athlete. He was the greatest golfer of all time, and was cruising on his way to obliterating Jack Nicklaus’s record for most Majors wins, with 14 by the time he was 31-years old (Nicklaus won 18.) He was the No. 1 golfer for an astounding 623 weeks between 1997 and 2010. He was married to a stunningly beautiful Swedish model. But on Thanksgiving weekend of 2009, disaster struck for Woods. The National Enquirer posted a piece about his marital infidelity. Two days later, an argument between him and his wife spiraled out of control, and ended with him in a minor car accident on his property. Then, a San Diego cocktail waitress admitted she had had an affair with Woods. The floodgates opened, and over a dozen women admitted having an affair with Tiger. Several corporate sponsors dropped him as a spokesmen, his wife left him, and so did his golf game. He took a dramatic tumble in the rankings, and is currently ranked a humbling 49th. —Johnny Goodtimes
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