September 16, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau (center) talks to the Steelers defensive backs on the sideline against the New York Jets during the second quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
After terrorizing opposing AFC north quarterbacks for the majority of his career, Joey Porter is back with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The team announced Tuesday that the four-time All-Pro linebacker has been hired as a defensive assistant.
"“We are excited about having Joey back with the Steelers’ family,” coach Mike Tomlin said. “Joey spent a number of years with Pittsburgh as a player, and now he’s back to assist the coaching staff. We look forward to his efforts and contributions.”"
Porter spent eight seasons with the Steelers after being selected in the third round of the 1999 NFL Draft. The Steelers released him in 2007, shortly after Tomlin took over the team, and he went on to finished his career with the Miami Dolphins and a brief stint with the Arizona Cardinals.
Porter retired in 2012 after signing a one-day contract with the Steelers, and spent the 2013 season as an assistant coach at Colorado State, where he attended college.
He finished his NFL career with 667 tackles, 98 sacks, 12 interceptions, 50 pass deflections and 26 forced fumbles in 13 years.
After spending the majority of his career playing under Hall of Fame defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau, Porter may very well be on his way to being a quality coach in the NFL now that he gets to coach under LeBeau.
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