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Finances Too Rocky A Road For Former Steeler Bleier

By Compiled From Wire Services

Former Pittsburgh Steelers running back Rocky Bleier has hocked his Super Bowl rings and filed for bankruptcy.

His former wife has little sympathy.

Aleta Whitaker said in a counter-suit that Bleier just wants to avoid paying her $837,948 from the sale of their suburban Pittsburgh home.

Bleier, a star of four Super Bowls, filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy Dec. 12, two days after selling his championship rings for $40,000 to help pay back federal taxes, according to the petition in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Pittsburgh.

Whitaker, of San Diego, asked the court to order Bleier to make the $10,000-a-month payments required in the couple’s settlement agreement.

Bleier, who played for the Steelers during the 1970s, denied he filed for bankruptcy to duck the payments to his ex-wife. He claimed his debts exceed his income by $5,000 a month.

Bleier’s bankruptcy petition said he has paid Whitaker $1.3 million in cash and property since they separated, including a $400,000 retirement account, eight fur coats valued at $38,750, diamonds worth $36,000, a 1988 Porsche and a 1985 Ferrari.

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