It may seem like NFL players have things pretty easy—the official work year lasts only from June to January. Though so much time off seems like a blessing, being a professional football player is a 365-day job—a lesson many unfortunate players are still learning even late in their careers.
Vacation is a beloved institution—that special time each year when your work and responsibilities can all be left behind while you go and simply enjoy yourself to the fullest. Nobody cares what you do, where you go or who you're with.
Guess what? It doesn't work that way in professional sports—least of all the NFL.
NFL athletes are highly scrutinized from the moment they are chosen by a team, until well after they retire. There is a certain level of responsibility that comes with playing in the NFL—responsibility to your team, to your fans and to the league's image and rules.
Some athletes are still learning that even the most innocent of offseason activities can have dire consequences. Here are some NFLers that learned this lesson the hard way during the 2012 offseason.