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Sparano's Davie mansion marked down $100,000; other NFL personalities desperate to sell


Success in the NFL can be a burden. That is, when it becomes necessary to unload the mansion that seemed like a good idea when the big bucks started to roll in.

As a Super Bowl special, last week featured 13 mega-homes that NFL figures are attempting to sell, some significantly marked down from their purchase price or original listing.

Curiously, the list of owners included a dozen players and former Dolphins coach Tony Sparano.

Sparano’s five-bedroom, six-bathroom manse (pictured above) in Davie’s Stonebrook Estates went on the market in October after the Dolphins’ started 0-6. Sparano said he and his wife were simply looking to downsize and move closer to the beach. They will have to do so in a colder climate now that he has moved on to the New York Jets as offensive coordinator.

The need to relocate has prompted a reduction of more than $100,000 from the original asking price of $1.499 million. Take a photo tour Sparano’s digs here.

The “Baker’s Dozen of NFL Luxury Homes” on includes players with 16 Super Bowl titles and 21 total appearances.

Joe Montana is seeking a buyer for his $35 million estate in Napa Valley. The handy mortgage calculator estimates a monthly payment of about $109,000. Pretty steep for a villa with only three bedrooms, but it has a skeet-shooting range, olive farm and equestrian stable.

Troy Aikman is newly divorced and looking to part with his $24 million Texas estate. Terry Bradshaw, with four Super Bowl rings, has three Florida properties for sale, including a $1.4 million villa in a golf community near Bradenton.

Deion Sanders has two Texas homes on the market, a 29,000-square-foot “Ultimate Party and Family Ranch” as well as a $7.5 million Dallas penthouse. Former Seahawks tackle Walter Jones is selling his expansive property in Huntsville, Ala., that features a full-size football field. is another place to peek inside the lives of the rich and famous. No. 1 on this week’s real estate hot list is Tom Brady’s Boston townhouse for sale for $10.5 million.

According to the site, Tom and Gisele are selling it because they just completed construction on a $20 million, 22,000 square foot mansion in Los Angeles with eight bedrooms, two wings connected by a covered bridge, a weight room, wine cellar, and a lagoon-shaped swimming pool.

Wonder how long before that turns up on the market.

One NFL figure who could afford it is Eli Manning, whose marketability will soar since he bested Brady for his second Super Bowl ring and MVP trophy.

Photo: Tony Sparano's house from the listing on

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CRAIG DAVIS In more than 33 years at the Sun Sentinel, Craig Davis has written about a wide variety of sports topics from baseball to yachting, fishing to triathlons, and also worked as a copy editor and page designer. Recently he reported on local sports, including running, swimming, cycling, equestrian and beach volleyball. He enjoys sports as a participant as well as a spectator, is active in the South Florida running scene plays in the curling club at Saveology Iceplex. This blog offers a glimpse at the business side of sports in the interest of enhancing enjoyment of the games and sporting options as a spectator as well as a participant.
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