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Joey Porter
Outside Linebackers Coach
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Joey Porter
Outside Linebackers Coach

Joey Porter is in his second season as the team’s outside linebackers coach. Porter was promoted on February 6, 2015, after serving as a defensive assistant for the team for the 2014 season.

Porter is entering his 16th NFL season and third as a coach. He spent 13 seasons (1999-2011) as a linebacker, playing with Pittsburgh, Miami and Arizona. He spent the 2013 season as an undergraduate student assistant coach at his alma mater, Colorado State University.

Joey Porter
Outside Linebackers Coach

Joey Porter is in his second season as the team’s outside linebackers coach. Porter was promoted on February 6, 2015, after serving as a defensive assistant for the team for the 2014 season.

Porter is entering his 16th NFL season and third as a coach. He spent 13 seasons (1999-2011) as a linebacker, playing with Pittsburgh, Miami and Arizona. He spent the 2013 season as an undergraduate student assistant coach at his alma mater, Colorado State University.

In his first season coaching the outside linebackers in 2015, his group totaled 15.0 of the team’s 48.0 sacks. The group was led by James Harrison, who totaled 5.0 sacks for the eighth time in a single season in his career. Harrison also added one interception and two forced fumbles.

Rookie linebacker Bud Dupree totaled 4.0 sacks on the season, which was tied for the fifth-most sacks in the NFL by a rookie. His 4.0 sacks also tied for third on the Steelers’ all-time sacks list by a rookie. For his efforts, Dupree was honored with the Joe Greene Great Performance Award, given annual to the Steelers’ top rookie.

Porter was originally drafted by the Steelers in the third round (73rd overall) of the 1999 NFL Draft, and played for Pittsburgh from 1999-2006. He spent the 2007-09 seasons with the Miami Dolphins before playing his final two years (2010-11) with the Arizona Cardinals. Porter started 171-of-188 career games, as he registered 98.0 sacks, 25 forced fumbles, 12 interceptions, nine fumble recoveries, three defensive touchdowns and one safety. His 60.0 sacks as a member of the Steelers rank third in franchise history, since sacks became an official statistic in 1982.

Porter also started 11 postseason games in which he played (10 with Pittsburgh), and he was a key member of Pittsburgh’s Super Bowl XL team. He registered 6.0 sacks and one forced fumble in his postseason career.

A four-time Pro Bowler and a four-time All-Pro, Porter was named to the NFL’s All-Decade Team for the 2000’s. During the 2008 season, Porter registered his 70th career sack, which made him the first player in NFL history with 10 career interceptions and 70.0 career sacks. Porter was also the only NFL player to register at least 5.0 sacks in each season from 2000-10, recording at least 9.0 sacks six times in that span.

Porter played at Colorado State from 1995-98, registering 20.0 career sacks in two seasons on defense after spending his first two collegiate seasons on offense. His 14.0 sacks as a senior earned him all-WAC honors and invites to both the East-West Shrine Game and the Senior Bowl. Porter still ranks fifth on the school’s all-time sacks list and his 14.0 sacks in 1998 are the second-most in a single season in school history. In November of 2013, Porter was inducted into the Colorado State Athletics Hall of Fame. He graduated from Colorado State with a degree in liberal arts in May, 2014.

2013
Colorado State University
Undergraduate Student Assistant

2014
Pittsburgh Steelers
Defensive Assistant

2015-16
Pittsburgh Steelers
Outside Linebackers