Like others on this list, Rae Carruth's career was derailed by crime. If we were to reorder based on the heinousness of those crimes, the former Carolina Panthers wide receiver would be number one. He was selected as the 27th overall pick in the 1997 NFL Draft out of Colorado
and as a rookie did not disappoint. His first season in the NFL he tied for the league lead in touchdown receptions among rookies.
His sophomore campaign was cut short in week one of the 1998 season due to a broken foot. Carruth returned to the field with high expectations in 1999, when his career came to a quick end.
November 16th, 1999 Carruth was involved in the shooting death of his girlfriend Cherica Adams who was carrying their child at the time. Citing a morality clause, the Panthers released the promising receiver on December 16th. He was later convicted of conspiracy to commit murder, shooting into an occupied vehicle, and using an instrument to destroy an unborn child. He was sentenced to 18 to 24 years in prison. Carruth has a projected release date of October 22nd, 2018.