NFL quarterback Tarvaris Jackson -- who reportedly made more than $13 MILLION during his 9 year career -- requested a public defender in his assault case ... claiming he has no cash to his name.
It's all laid out in court docs obtained by TMZ Sports ... stemming from a June 24th incident in which the ex-Seahawks QB allegedly pulled a gun on his wife and threatened to shoot her.
33-year-old Jackson was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and faces prison time if convicted -- but instead of locking up an expensive high powered attorney, Jackson requested a public defender ... which costs exactly $FREE-99.
In the court docs, Jackson says he has no income, no savings, no banks accounts, stocks, etc ... all he owns is a $100,000 car.
But the judge didn't buy TJ's broke claims -- denying his request for a free public defender -- essentially forcing the QB to pay for his own lawyer.
By the way, the judge also ordered TJ to not drink ANY booze while out on bond and to stay away from all bars. He was also ordered to hand over all of his guns.