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Rick Mirer

Rick Mirer was a quarterback for several NFL teams. He began his career with the Seattle Seahawks in 1993 and played for such teams as the Chicago Bears and the Oakland Raiders, among others. He retired after an inactive season with the Detroit Lions in 2004.

After football, he went into business with winemaker Rob Lawson and founded Mirror Wine Company in 2008. The Napa Valley, Calif.-based company has released five vintages of cabernet sauvignon and three vintages of its own Mirror Napa Valley sauvignon blanc.

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