3. Ray Rice
Rice’s situation was similar to Aldon Smith’s. He proved himself as one of the NFL’s top running backs and was a three-time Pro Bowler. Meanwhile, he helped the Ravens to a Super Bowl victory in 2012. Rice holds a number of franchise records. Unfortunately, he blew his NFL career by knocking his girlfriend out cold and dragging her unconscious body out of an elevator.
This instantly made him unsignable. He had the potential to be a franchise icon and appeared to be a lock for the Hall of Fame. But Rice ruined his image with one punch. Nobody wants to touch a woman-beater as he soon discovered. It didn’t help that he couldn’t deny the incident (via ABC News). The video went viral after cameras captured the incident. It’s a shame that such a talented athlete did this to himself.