Former Chicago Bear pleads guilty to tax charges

    2013-03-14 13:13

CHICAGO (AP) - Former Chicago Bear Chris Zorich has appeared in federal court to plead guilty to tax charges.

Zorich addressed a federal judge in Chicago on Thursday, saying he chose not to file his taxes ``in a timely fashion.''

Prosecutors say the 43-year-old faced four misdemeanor counts of not filing federal income tax returns from 2006 to 2009. Over that time, he allegedly made more than $1 million, including income from a charity he founded.

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

Zorich must pay $71,000 in back taxes as part of a plea agreement. He is to be sentenced July 12.