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From football to house flipping

Former NFL player gets dose of reality on 'Flip This House'

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When his pro football career came to a halt, Than Merrill found a new passion and proficiency for fixing and flipping houses that paved the way for a stint on a real estate reality show. Merrill and his team of real estate flippers auditioned for "Flip This House" in 2006 -- the show made its debut in 2005 -- and have since participated in several seasons of filming. On the air The show is an hour-long "docu-soap" that features teams of real estate investors in various areas across the nation. Camera crews trail the flippers during the process of purchasing properties, restoring them within a set amount of time, and then "flipping" or reselling them. The show features teams from four cities-- New Haven, Conn.; Los Angeles, Calif.; San Antonio, Texas; and Atlanta, Ga. Merrill's CT Homes team, based in New Haven, received its first flipping assignment one week after the audition. Merrill said that his television gig takes up only about 30 mi...