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10 NFL Star Homes You Can Own

Joe Montana's wine country estate
Asking price: $35 million 

When we last saw this California wine-country property last year, the former Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers quarterback was trying to unload this Calistoga property for $49 million after two years on the market. Sadly, Montana's a whole lot better at convincing his aging, red-and-gold Zubaz-wearing fans to buy pairs of Skechers (SKX) Shape Ups than he is at convincing well-heeled, middle-aged Sideways fans to buy his wine country estate.  

The property still has 500 acres, including an olive farm, Tuscan bell tower, full boccie ball and basketball court, an equestrian stable, a pool and spa, 16th century iron gates and mountain views. The home itself still has 10,000 square feet, three bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms, a marble bathtub fireplace and the Montana family crest. It just has all of that with a 31% discount for Montana fans and the would-be Jerry Rice of their choosing.

Ricky Watters' Florida compound
Asking price: $1.9 million  

Former Philadelphia Eagle Ricky "Running" Watters ran for more than 10,000 yards in the NFL but has been out of the game for more than a decade and largely out of the public eye ever since. He's been helping his wife, Catherina, with her law firm and raising their two sons and has been working on a book about adopted children from his perspective as an adopted child and as an adoptive parent.  

He's also trying to unload his home in the Islesworth section of Windmere for less than the $1.9 million he and his wife paid for it in 2004 and far less than the $3.4 million they sought just before the housing crisis in 2007.

The five-bedroom, four-and-a-half-bathroom home is a gem on its own, but its expansive 1.6 acres at the end of a cul-de-sac are the real draw for fans seeking room to run.  

Hines Ward's Atlanta dream house
Asking price: $7.5 million  

One day you're winning Super Bowls with a team you've played for your entire career and using your nimble feet to win  Dancing With The Stars. The next you're being cut by said team and being forced to part with a 13,000-square-foot palace you've poured a lifetime into.  

Such are the fortunes of 36-year-old former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward, who ended his 14-year career this summer rather than play with another team. Ward has also lived in Atlanta since he was a toddler and planned to stay for a good, long time when he brought in architect David Grace and interior designer Ann Davis to build the home in 2006. The five-bedroom, 10-bathroom house even had an apartment for his mom. Fate has a funny way of laughing at such plans, though, and deep-pocketed Steelers fans in Atlanta now have the chance to live Ward's dream.  

-- Written by Jason Notte in Boston.

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Jason Notte is a reporter for TheStreet. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Huffington Post,, Time Out New York, the Boston Herald, the Boston Phoenix, the Metro newspaper and the Colorado Springs Independent. He previously served as the political and global affairs editor for Metro U.S., layout editor for Boston Now, assistant news editor for the Herald News of West Paterson, N.J., editor of Go Out! Magazine in Hoboken, N.J., and copy editor and lifestyle editor at the Jersey Journal in Jersey City, N.J.
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