This 2012 file photo shows former UA kicker Max Zendejas at his campus area restaurant, Zendejas 13. He was indicted on charges of theft and damage to the now-closed eatery, court records show.


Former University of Arizona and NFL kicker turned Tucson restaurant owner, Max Zendejas, was indicted in Pima County Superior Court on damage and theft charges related to his recently closed UA area restaurant.

The indictment alleges that from March to May 15 Zendejas, 49, "knowingly controlled property of the University of Arizona...with the intent to deprive the University of Arizona of such property" at his restaurant, Zendejas 13 located at 1628 E. Sixth St. The property includes a walk-in refrigerator, compressors, ceiling fans and kitchen sinks worth more than $25,000.

The indictment also alleges Zendejas "recklessly defaced or damaged property belonging to the University of Arizona" causing more than $10,000 in damages at the restaurant.

Zendejas opened the Mexican restaurant and bar across the street from Arizona Stadium in 2010.

The restaurant closed on April 12.

The University of Arizona Police Department would not release police reports citing an open investigation.

Zendejas played for the UA in the early 1980s followed by one season in the NFL with the Washington Redskins and two with the Green Bay Packers.  

He then became involved in restaurants and different family businesses in the Phoenix area.

Zendejas is also a co-owner of the Blue Moon Nightclub, 1901 S. Fourth Ave.

Contact reporter Veronica Cruz at or at 573-4224.

Senior Editor, News, Arizona Daily Star, Tucson, Az.