October 24, 1994
Erik Williams, one of the best offensive linemen in the NFL, goes out drinking with other Cowboys at the Iguana Mirage club in Dallas and then drives his $120,000 Mercedes into a retaining wall. He survives and plays for another seven years, but never quite as well.
December 1, 1994
Seahawks running back Lamar Smith drinks two or three beers at Seattle's Shark Klub and multiple shots of whiskey at a T.G.I. Friday's. Driving an Oldsmobile Bravada with two teammates on board, he jumps a curb and smashes into a utility pole. Injuries from the crash leave defensive tackle Mike Frier paralyzed. In connection with a civil suit, Smith will agree to give Frier up to half of his earnings from football for seven years.
August 10, 1997
After divorcing Jerry's father, Stacey marries Dwjuan Jackson, a corrections officer who also coaches youth sports. He becomes Jerry's personal trainer. At age nine Jerry runs sprints with a tire around his waist. He shows promise in football.
October 19, 1998
Driving his Lincoln Navigator drunk through a red light, Rams linebacker Leonard Little broadsides a Ford Thunderbird and kills its driver, 47-year-old Susan Gutweiler, on her way to pick up her son from a concert. A police report later obtained by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch quotes Little as telling an officer, "I know my rights. The [expletive] ran a yellow light and hit me, wrecking my $45,000 [expletive] car. Just take me to the hospital. I don't have [expletive] to say." He will plead guilty to involuntary manslaughter and receive a 90-night jail sentence that lets him play football during the day.
May 3, 1999
After a season-ending playoff loss to the Bruins in Boston, the Hurricanes drink beer on their charter flight home to Raleigh. Then several veteran players drive to the home of left wing Gary Roberts to drink more and commiserate. Someone calls a cab for defenseman Steve Chiasson, but he gets tired of waiting and heads for his pickup truck. With his blood alcohol more than triple the legal threshold of intoxication, he runs off the road and hits an embankment. He is thrown from the truck and killed. According to the Associated Press, his two-year-old daughter will see his picture at a memorial service and say, "There's my daddy."