Court documents say Grow received nearly $20 million in kickbacks from Patient Care America, a Broward County compounding pharmacy, in exchange for recruiting and referring patients to the pharmacy who were covered by the Tricare health care insurance program.

Former Florida Gator linebacker and NFL player Monty Grow was sentenced Monday to nearly 22 years in prison for a health care scheme that bilked the U.S. government out of nearly $20 million meant for military personnel, veterans and their families.

Grow, 46, indicted in 2016 in a Miami federal court, faced a maximum 36-year sentence for 52 charges.

Grow was sentenced to 262 months of imprisonment, or 21 years and eight months, and ordered to pay $18.8 million in restitution.

Grow played outside linebacker for Steve Spurrier’s Florida Gators from 1990-1993. During his junior season, Grow was suspended for a season for violating team rules. Grow went on to play two seasons in the NFL with the Jacksonville Jaguars and Kansas City Chiefs.

Some of the charges Grow faced included five counts of money laundering, eight counts of health care fraud, conspiracy to defraud the U.S. and 28 counts of receipts and payments of kickbacks in connection with a federal health care program. He was convicted on 17 counts in February.

In February, former Gator and NFL quarterback Shane Matthews was sentenced to three months in jail for his role in the conspiracy orchestrated by Grow. Matthews, 47, played with Grow at UF under Spurrier from 1990-1992, before going on to play 14 seasons in the NFL.

Also in February, the court ordered Grow to forfeit property that includes his 2014 Porsche, which was seized in 2016; about $1.7 million from his Bank of America account, and nearly $1 million from his company, MGTEN Marketing Group.

According to court documents, Grow solicited and received kickbacks, or negotiated bribes, for Tricare beneficiaries who ordered medications between September 2014 and June 2015.

Tricare, a health care insurance program for the U.S. Department of Defense, provides services for U.S. military personnel, veterans, reserves and other military dependents, which includes the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines and Coast Guard.

Court documents say through Grow’s company, MGTEN Marketing Group, he received nearly $20 million in kickbacks from Patient Care America, a Broward County compounding pharmacy, in exchange for recruiting and referring patients to the pharmacy who were covered by the Tricare health care insurance program.

In all, Tricare paid about $40 million for the medications for its patients to PCA. PCA, which contracted with Grow, paid him half the reimbursements. Grow kept about $10 million for himself and paid his team of sales representatives the remaining amount, according to court documents.

Matthews, a Gainesville radio personality and former offensive coordinator at Gainesville High, was paid $440,000 for lining up sales representatives who secured Tricare patients for the pharmacy.

The court found that Grow, and others, defrauded Tricare by paying telemedicine companies to provide the medication to patients without physical exams and without regard for necessity, court records show. According to documents, Grow laundered money through real estate, vehicles and other securities.

Grow will also be on probation for three years upon his release.

In 2012, he was one of many former NFL players who filed a federal lawsuit against the league, demanding it pay medical treatment for players due to repeated traumatic brain injuries suffered during their playing years.