Stanley Wilson, Lifetime Ban
Stanley Wilson played for the Cincinnati Bengals after being drafted in 1983, but his drug habit got the better of him throughout his truncated career. The fullback/running back was suspended for the 1985 and 1987 seasons for his cocaine use, a pretty obvious no-no. Wilson returned from those suspensions and knew he was on a short leash - a third offense would result in a lifetime ban. But ultimately relapsed the night of Jan. 21, 1989, on the eve of Super Bowl XXIII in Miami between the Bengals and the San Francisco 49ers.
Running backs coach Jim Anderson found Wilson in the bathroom doing lines of coke and clearly high from the use of it. He was in such a stupor that the Bengals had no choice but to leave him off the roster for the Super Bowl, which they lost, 20-16. This third offense inevitably meant that Wilson was banned from the NFL for life, ending his career and twisting his life into the opposite of what it could have been. In 1999, Wilson was sentenced to 22 years in prison for burglary — a sad ending for a once-promising football player.