Former Falcons wide receiver Andre Rison, who made at least $19.120 million in base salaries and signing bonuses over his 12-year NFL career, is among a group of retired athletes to address their financial problems in “Broke,” a ESPN documentary ESPN directed by Billy Corben scheduled to be released in October.
The documentary “digs into the psychology of men whose competitive nature carries them to victory on the field and ruin off it.”
Rison, 45, played for the Falcons from 1990-94. He caught 423 passes for 5,633 yards and 56 touchdowns over his five seasons with the Falcons. The AJC caught up with Rison back in 2009 for this “Whatever happened to. …” story.
Over his career, Rison made base salaries ranging from $175, 000 in 1990 to $2.8 in 1996.
He also amassed $10.84 million in signing bonus. He also likely made additional millions in reporting, workout bonuses and other incentives.
Rison declared bankruptcy in 2007 after failing to pay child support.
“Broke “is scheduled to air as part of ESPN’s 30 for 30 Vol. II film series.
Rison, a five-time Pro Bowler, had his best seasons with the Falcons and won a Super Bowl with the Green Bay Packers.
He played in 186 games, 156 starts, 743 catches, 10,205 yards and 84 touchdowns
“Broke” is scheduled to make its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival next month, according to the festival’s Web site. Rison is standing in front of some burning money with his hands up in the air on the website.
According to a 2009 Sports Illustrated article, 60 percent of NBA players are broke within five years of retirement. For 78 percent of NFL players, it takes only three years. Sucked into bad investments, stalked by freeloaders, saddled with medical problems, and naturally prone to showing off, most pro athletes get shocked by harsh economic realities after years of living the high life. Drawing surprisingly vulnerable confessions from retired stars like Jamal Mashburn, Bernie Kosar, and Andre Rison, as well as Marvin Miller, the former executive director of the MLB Players Association, this fascinating documentary digs into the psychology of men whose competitive nature carries them to victory on the field and ruin off it.
Rison was indicted by a federal grand jury last year for failure to pay child support charges in Arizona and has also has been charged in past years in other child support cases in Genesee County and Georgia.
Here are the base salaries and signing bonuses that I have on Rison, according to NFLPA documents:
–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog