A Super Bowl champion with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, former NFLer Jameel Cook saw his career in the league come to an end back in 2008 after eight seasons.
The former fullback is now in a lot of trouble with the law. Cook, 40, was convicted on Wednesday of stealing north of $100,000 from the Gene Upshaw NFL Player Plan, which is set up to help injured former NFL players financially.
“He stole from the very fund his fellow former players depend on for help,” District Attorney Kim Ogg said after Cook’s conviction, via TMZ Sports. “And he has now fallen from professional football glory to the ranks of felons.”
Cook was busted back in September after authorities claimed that he forged 30 bogus claim forms, collecting $105,000 in illegal funds.
The former Buccaneers and Texans fullback could have received a decade in prison. Instead, the judge sentenced him to 10 years of probation. He was also ordered to pay back the $105,000 in cash and to do 160 hours of community service.