Carter has one of the most inspiring stories on this list. The NFL isn’t kind to drug addicts but that’s what Carter went through. The Hall of Fame receiver lost his spot with the Eagles after his well-documented problems came to a head. But he re-established himself and stormed back to relevance.
Nobody predicted that he’d have a Hall of Fame career. But he exploded into life in Minnesota and became one of the franchise’s greatest-ever players. It’s incredible when a player can turn everything around and become a positive force. Many people respect him because he overcame amazing adversity (via Yardbreaker).