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FILE - In this July 16, 2009 file photo, Chris Zorich works with players during training camp for the Notre Dame football legends team in South Bend, Ind. On Thursday, March 7, 2013, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Chicago announced that Zorich, a former Notre Dame and Chicago Bears player, has been charged with four misdemeanor counts of failing to file federal income tax returns between 2006 and 2009. (AP Photo/South Bend Tribune, Santiago Flores, File) (AP)
Zorich sentenced

Posted on July 12, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on July 12, 2013 at 4:07 p.m.

CHICAGO — A now-broke former Chicago Bear has been sentenced to three years of probation for failing to file federal income tax returns over several years.

Chris Zorich said he was “very sorry” for his actions in a statement to the court before his sentence was announced Friday, July 12.

The 44-year-old Chicago native was on Notre Dame’s 1988 national championship team and went on to play defensive tackle for the Bears from 1991 to 1996.

Guidelines called for a prison sentence of between 10 and 16 months. Defense lawyers cited Zorich’s charity work in requesting probation. The judge cited his “otherwise exemplary life.”

Zorich had pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of failing to file income tax returns from 2006 to 2009. Over that time he made from than $1 million.