Former Tates Creek High School and University of Louisville place-kicker David Akers told a federal grand jury Monday that he lost $3.7 million investing with a company in Texas, according to a report in the Austin American-Statesman.
Akers, the longtime kicker for the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles who signed recently with the San Francisco 49ers, said he made several investments with Austin's Triton Financial from 2007-09.
"I've had a lot of sleepless nights," said Akers, who told the federal prosecutor that he considered the company's chief executive, Kurt Barton, to be like a friend. "As I said, this is my family's future. I said that to Kurt a lot of times. I said, 'Man I'm trusting in you.' "
Akers and two other NFL players were among the witnesses at Barton's fraud trial, the Austin newspaper reported.
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Barton's lawyers say he did nothing illegal and simply made a series of bad business decisions.
Akers said that he invested in a series of deals with Triton, including real estate purchases and in a health club.