There have been plenty of one-year suspensions (and some longer) for substance-abuse violations. But Vilma’s suspension ranks as one of the longest in history.
With help from the Associated Press, by way of ESPN Stats & Information, here’s a list of the longest non-substance-abuse suspensions in NFL history:
Art Schlichter, life, suspended one year for gambling in 1983, never reinstated
Merle Hapes, eight years, suspended for conversing with known gambler in 1946, reinstated in 1954
Frank Filchock, three years, suspended for conversing with known gambler in 1947, reinstated in 1950
Michael Vick, two years, two games, suspended indefinitely in 2007 after pleading guilty to role in dogfighting
Plaxico Burress, two years, suspended for duration of jail term in 2009 after pleading guilty to criminal possession of a weapon
Donte’ Stallworth, one year, suspended for one year after pleading guilty to DUI manslaughter in 2009
Paul Hornung, one year, suspended one year for gambling in 1963
Alex Karras, one year, suspended one year for gambling in 1963
Adam Jones, one year, suspended one year for violating Personal Conduct Policy in 2007
Those suspensions all involved off-field actions. Here is the list of the longest NFL suspensions for on-field incidents:
1986: Charles Martin suspended two games for body slamming Bears QB Jim McMahon to turf.