Former Cardinal forgot to cash a huge game check

Posted at 5:28 PM, Mar 30, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-30 20:28:12-04

You know that feeling when you find an extra $20 in your pants pocket?

Well, multiply that by about 7,000 and you’ll understand how Sean Weatherspoon felt a short while ago.

Weatherspoon, a linebacker who played for the Arizona Cardinals last season, said his fiancée found something interesting while they were moving out of their Phoenix-area home: namely, a check for roughly $138,000.

The 28-year-old signed a one-year deal with the Atlanta Falcons during the offseason, but he made $3.85 with the Cardinals during his one season in Arizona. “His base salary was around $2.35 million, meaning the weekly game check was around $138,235,” ESPN wrote.

Weatherspoon told ESPN via text message exactly what happened.

“I was on my way home from working out when I received a picture of the check, dated Sept. 18,” he wrote. “My fiancée found it in a stack of mail, I believe.

"I vaguely remember getting the hard copy after the Week 1 game (with the Cardinals). I’m not sure why it wasn’t directly deposited like all my other checks. I’m currently trying to contact (the Cardinals) now. LOL.”

Weatherspoon learned the hard way that it sometimes takes a while to set up direct deposit at a new job. But considering the check is worth more than most Americans make in a year, it's tough to feel too badly for him.