Andre Rison is mostly known for the touchdowns he scored in Atlanta as a member of the high-flying Falcons of the 1990s. The man who dubbed himself "Showtime," complementing himself with then-teammate Deion "Primetime" Sanders, caught 743 balls for 10,205 yards and 84 touchdowns in his 12-year career. Those are borderline Hall of Fame numbers.
Not very many young Colts fans know this, but Rison was originally drafted by Indianapolis back in 1989 by the team's general manager at the time, Jim Irsay. Irsay used the 22nd overall pick in 1989 to take Rison, who played his college ball at Michigan State.
Rison spent just one year in Indianapolis before he was shipped to Atlanta, along with guard Chris Hinton, for the No. 1 overall pick in the 1990 NFL Draft. Irsay used that pick on Illinois quarterback and Indiana native Jeff George, who ended up becoming the biggest bust in Indianapolis Colts history.
Today, after a 12-year career in the NFL and contracts paying him millions of dollars, Andre Rison is broke. His financial collapse is the focus of a new ESPN 30 for 30 documentary titled (appropriately) "Broke." The doc also features former Buccaneers wideout Keith McCants and former Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar.
The 30 for 30 series is the best stuff ESPN does. As Deadspin writer Tim Grierson accurately summed up:
Thoughtful in a way so much of their programming isn't, these films have managed to do what ESPN often struggles to do: take sports out of their day-to-day minutiae and examine them with insight and a sense of perspective and history.
"Broke" airs on ESPN October 2nd.