24. Lawrence Taylor
Lawrence Taylor is on this list because his story is actually such an upsetting one. Widely regarded as one of the greatest African-American NFL players ever, Taylor has also been called the best defensive player in league history by various media outlets.
Sadly, he would tarnish his reputation in 2011 when he was charged with sexual offences involving a minor. He pleaded guilty to sexual offences with a 16-year-old girl after he paid the girl $300 to sleep with him at a Holiday Inn in New York. Obviously, it’s terrible what happened to the girl but it’s also sad that a man who was an inspiration to so many went down a dark path like this.