49. Plaxico Burress
Criminal History: Attempted criminal possession of a weapon
Time Behind Bars: Two years
Were it not for Plaxico Burress, we wouldn't know the dangers of carrying a loaded pistol in our sweatpants. For that, he's a hero. While partying at a nightclub, the Jets receiver accidentally fired a round into his own leg when his gun slid out of his elastic waistband. A witness reported hearing a loud "popping" sound and turned to see a clearly pained Burress. She reported that the Super Bowl champion said simply, "take me to a hospital" while standing in a small puddle of his own blood.
Unfortunately for Burress, a self-inflicted gunshot wound was the least of his problems. New York has some of the harshest concealed weapons laws in the country. After doing two years in the slammer, Burress continued his living hell by joining the '11 Jets.