Originally posted on NBC Bay Area  |  Last updated 11/3/11
Jets backup quarterback Mark Brunell made the Pro Bowl three times and earned an estimated $50 million over his career, but bad investments have left the signal caller deep in debt. At 41 and likely to call it quits at the end of the season, Brunell has dug himself a deep hole and faces six lawsuits and claims of $25 million, according to ActionNewsJax.com. The outlet said Brunell “sunk his fortune” into nine ill-fated businesses, including a real estate company and an investment in 12 Whataburger franchises in the Jacksonville area. He's filed for bankruptcy and hopes to raise money by selling off property and football memorabilia, including a Super Bowl ring he won as a backup with the New Orleans Saints and a National Championship and two Rose Bowl rings from his days at University of Washington. His filing listed $5.5 million in assets and debts of $24.7 million, according to the Wall Street Journal. Among the monthly expenses Brunell listed in his filing was a tithe to his chur...
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