Date: 8/24/2003
Sport: Football
Punishment: Fined one game check ($58,000); Williams awarded $340,000 in subsequent lawsuit

"Romo" is one of the most hated athletes in NFL history and the poster child for "roid rage," and incidents like this one demonstrate why. During a preseason scrimmage, Romanowski didn't like the way that tight end Marcus Williams was blocking/holding him during a pass downfield. Naturally, rather than use his words, Romanowski responded with pure physical violence; he ripped off Williams' helmet and punched him so hard that he crushed Williams' eye socket, a hit that caused permanent damage and ended Williams' career.