Than Merrill

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Than Merrill
No. 22
Position: Free Safety
Personal information
Date of birth: (1977-12-12) December 12, 1977 (age 38)
Place of birth: Fresno, California
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight: 220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High school: Fresno (CA)
College: Yale
NFL Draft: 2001 / Round: 7 / Pick: 223
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Games played: 15
Games started: 0
Tackles: 7
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Nathaniel "Than" Merrill (born December 12, 1977) is an American businessman, television personality, and former professional football player. He is the co-owner of the real estate company CT Homes and the real estate investing educational company FortuneBuilders Inc. He was featured in the A&E's Flip This House in seasons 3 and 4 as part airing in 2007 to 2009, of the "New Haven" team.

Football career[edit]

In high school Merrill was selected as an All-Far West Quarterback.[1] In college he started as a strong safety at Yale University, where he was named to Yale’s First-Team All-Ivy Selections[2] from 1999-2001. After graduating from Yale[3] he was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 7th round of the 2001 NFL Draft,[4][5] but ultimately signed as a free agent with the Chicago Bears for the 2001 season. He spent one season with the Bears, and registered 7 tackles. He was later allocated by the Bears to the Barcelona Dragons of NFL Europe.[6] In 2003, Merrill was signed by the Buccaneers and was allocated again to NFLE, this time to the Amsterdam Admirals.[7] In 2003, Merrill suffered a career-ending knee injury.

Real estate career[edit]

Merrill co-founded CT Homes, LLC in 2004. The residential real estate investment company purchases, redevelops, and sells residential, multi-family, and commercial property.[8]

Real estate educational career[edit]

Merrill and CT Homes caught the attention of the producers of Flip This House, a popular reality TV show featured on A&E, during their nationwide search for a real estate investing business. The show documented and educated prospective entrepreneurs on the intricacies of buying and selling real estate.[9] Merrill’s “New Haven” team was featured on the last three seasons, from 2007 to 2009.

Merrill helped open Realty National Inc., a San Diego Real Estate Brokerage affiliated with CT Homes, in 2011.[10] Realty National Inc. was established in Pacific Beach, San Diego and has continued to open other offices throughout California and the United States including; Orange County, Sacramento and Boston, MA.

Real estate author[edit]

Merrill wrote The Real Estate Wholesaling Bible: The Fastest, Easiest Way to Get Started in Real Estate, which was published on April 21, 2014.[11]


In 2010, he and his wife Cindy Phillips started the Equal Footing Foundation,[12] a charitable organization that provides scholarships and funding to young athletes who can’t afford to participate in local sports teams and clubs.

Merrill founded FortuneBuilders Gives,[13] an extension of FortuneBuilders Gives has raised approximately $184,000 and worked with 129 charities on various food, clothing, and school supply drives.


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