Sentencing time for ex-Bear Chris Zorich

CHICAGO (AP) — It's sentencing day for a now-broke ex-Chicago Bear and former Notre Dame All-American.

Chris Zorich steps before a U.S. judge in Chicago Friday to find out if he'll have to spend time behind bars on misdemeanor charges of failing to file federal tax returns. The 44-year-old pleaded guilty in March.

Guidelines call for a prison sentence between 10 and 16 months, as well as a substantial fine. But the defense cites Zorich's longtime charity work in requesting probation instead.

The Chicago native was on Notre Dame's 1988 national championship team. He played defensive tackle for the Bears from 1991 to 1996, and ended his career with the Washington Redskins in 1997.

His attorneys say Zorich is worth $302,000 but owes nearly $350,000 to the state of Illinois alone.

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