Former Chicago Bears Star Chris Zorich Sentenced To 3 Years Probation

Source: ABC 7 Chicago 

CHICAGO — Former Chicago Bears star Chris Zorich dodged a potential prison term Friday when a federal judge sentenced him instead to 36 months of probation for failing to file his federal income taxes.

The 44-year-old former defensive tackle — who was an All-American and national champion in his college days at Notre Dame — had pleaded guilty in March to failing to file taxes on income of $1 million between 2006 and 2009, the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting.

He faced the possibility of as much as 16 months in prison for the misdemeanor, but his lawyers successfully argued that U.S. Magistrate Judge Daniel Martin should give him probation. They said Zorich has agreed to pay back the $71,000 he owes the IRS, that he is broke and that “his good works and helping nature are well-known and have been lifelong.”

Even during his professional playing career with the Bears from 1991 to 1996 and the Washington Redskins in 1997, Zorich was known for his charity work.

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