20 NFL Stars Who Lost Their Millions To Bad Decisions

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15. Ben Smith

Ex-Philadelphia Eagle Ben Smith’s financial downfall began when he picked up a knee injury just a year after his impressive 1991 rookie season. In fact, the cornerback became addicted to painkillers while recuperating and then was forced to retire in 1996 due to further injuries. By 2000, he’d spent all his savings and ended up declaring bankruptcy and entering rehab.

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Image: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

14. Dwight Freeney

Dwight Freeney signed a $34 million contract with the Indianapolis Colts in 2007. Yet he found himself on the brink of bankruptcy a few years later after being duped by a fraudster. The ex-defensive end then sued both his financial adviser and his bank for allegedly abetting the con artist.

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