10. Stanley Wilson's relapse
Before the final team meeting of the final night of Super Bowl Week, Stanley Wilson told Cincinnati coach Sam Wyche he had to retrieve his playbook from the hotel room in suburban Fort Lauderdale.
When Wilson didn't return, running backs coach Jim Anderson knocked on the hotel room door. No answer. A hotel security was called to open the door. And there sat Wilson in the bathtub, covered in sweat, in a cocaine fog.
"Stanley's had a relapse,'' coach Sam Wyche told his players in the meeting.
Everyone knew Wilson had an addiction problem. Quarterback Boomer Esiason had taken Wilson to a hotel after hearing he was sleeping in his car. Wyche took Wilson into his home after every game to temper any post-game temptation.
Now he'd had a relapse on Super Bowl's eve, and as much as the personal angst, Wyche weighed the professional one. Wilson's low running style would have worked on a wet field. As it was, the San Francisco 49ers won, 20-16. So did the cocaine.