I'm not much of a pop culture guy but how far has Don Cheadle's career fallen? A few years ago he was nominated for Best Actor in Hotel Rwanada. Now, he's starring in Hotel for Dogs.
Who is Cheadle's athletic equivalent? I'd vote for Shaun Alexander.
Both peaked in 2005. Cheadle nominated for Best Actor. Alexander won NFL MVP.
Both seem like standup guys. Cheadle does charity work for the people of Darfur. Alexander has his own charity (The Shaun Alexander Foundation).
Both were put in situations to succeed but struggled when depended upon to perform without a supporting cast.
Both have completely fallen off the map (of relevancy) in 2009.
It's a shame.