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Former Redskins, Bears Player Faces Prison Time for Tax Woes

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Chris Zorich with the Chicago Bears in 1995. (credit: Jonathan Daniel  /Allsport)

Chris Zorich with the Chicago Bears in 1995. (credit: Jonathan Daniel /Allsport)

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CHICAGO (CBSDC/AP) — An attorney for former Chicago Bears and Washington Redskins player Chris Zorich, whose tax problems landed him in court, says his client is broke.

Zorich pleaded guilty in March to failing to file federal income tax returns from 2006 to 2009. Zorich faces up to a year in prison and a $100,000 fine when sentenced, which is scheduled for July 12.

In a court filing Wednesday, his lawyers said the 44-year-old Zorich is worth $302,000 but owes $348,000 to the state of Illinois due to a case concerning the questionable finances of his charity.

The filing noted Zorich will likely owe about $90,000 to the Internal Revenue Service.

Zorich was on Notre Dame’s 1988 national championship team. He played for the Bears from 1991 to 1996, ending his career in Washington.

Zorich appeared in five games for the Redskins in 1997, recording a sack, forced fumble and four tackles.

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