As players blossom and begin to fulfill the high expectations placed on them as young prospects, they reach a fork in the road.
Some take one road and continue on their path to success and avoid illegal temptation and borderline activities.
Many, however, go the other direction and fall into a precipice.
Certain athletes can't handle the media and the stardom they are close to reaching as they lose control and become asterisks in sports history books.
Here are ten athletes who had it all and lost sight of their priorities and their goals.
Each having remarkable talent and vigor, they spiraled out of control and crushed their promising careers.
The rest is for the history books.