Nate Newton, 2001
After you finish a professional sports career, there aren’t that many choices left to you. If you saved your money, you’ll probably be okay, but guess what? Nobody saves their money. We could write a whole ‘nother article about athletes who fell hard after they retired, but a perfect example for this one is NFL right tackle Nate Newton.
Newton, who played for the Dallas Cowboys for over a decade, got out of the football game in 1999 and transitioned into… marijuana smuggler. In 2001, Newton’s van was pulled over in St. Martin Parish, Louisiana and police found a whopping 213 pounds of pot in the back. Five weeks later, another traffic stop in Texas saw cops busting him with another 175 pounds! Needless to say, he went to prison for a long, long time.