8 Superstar Athletes Who Went Broke
Terrell Owens and Allen Iverson may be in the news, but they aren’t the only superstar athletes who’ve squandered tens — or hundreds — of millions of dollars.
By Doug Barry
After spending 19 seasons in the NFL and amassing more than $50 million, current New York Jets backup quarterback Mark Brunell faces a string of lawsuits that could end up costing him about $25 million. The former Pro Bowler and Super Bowl champ reportedly dumped his fortune into failed real estate deals and … Whataburger restaurants? Ouch. In June 2010, Brunell filed for Chapter 11. No word on whether he’s decided to become a vegetarian.
Between 1991 and 2006, Daly gambled away between $50 and $60 million. His favorite game: $5,000 Las Vegas slots. His gambling addiction — combined with his alcoholism, four failed marriages, child-support payments, and lost endorsement deals — eventually wiped him out. At least he still has income; so far this year Daly has earned about $150,000 on the European Tour.