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Sunday, Mar 17 2013 08:58 PM

Foreclosure filed on Florida home owned by ex-NFL All-Pro, Foothill star Porter

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    By PETER DIANA / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

    Pittsburgh Steelers Joey Porter waves to the sell out crowd at Latrobe Stadium as he retires as a Steeler.

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By CALIFORNIAN WIRE SERVICES

Bakersfield resident Joey Porter, who starred at Foothill High and Colorado State before becoming an All-Pro linebacker with the Dolphins, Steelers and Cardinals, has been hit with foreclosure over his home in Southwest Ranches, Fla., according to the South Florida Business Journal

A foreclosure lawsuit was filed March 6 against Porter and his wife over their home. Built in 2006, the home is 10,600 square feet on 2.3 acres.

The lawsuit concerns a mortgage granted for $2.8 million in 2007 by the International Bank of Miami, which later failed.

The neighborhood's homeowners association filed a lien against Porter claiming that he hasn't paid his dues dating back to July 2011. That's the last year he played in the NFL.

Porter bought his home there for $4 million in 2007 -- the same year he joined the Dolphins in a five-year, $32 million deal. His contract included a $12 million signing bonus and another $8 million guaranteed.

Porter was coming off an amazing run with the Steelers.

After being drafted out of Colorado State in 1999, Porter made the Pro Bowl and was named an All-Pro for the Steelers three times. The sack specialist helped the Steelers win Super Bowl XL in 2005.

Porter's best season with the Dolphins was in 2008, when he led the AFC with a career-high 17.5 sacks. Miami won the AFC East that year -- its last time in the playoffs.

Yet, Porter had a down year in 2009 and was released after the season. He signed a three-year, $24.5 million deal with Arizona in 2010, but struggled with injuries in 2011 and was released. Porter officially retired in 2012.

This isn't the first financial problem Porter has faced in retirement.

The Associated Press reported that Porter was briefly jailed in Las Vegas because he owed money to the Hard Rock Casino. He was released after paying $70,000.

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