A familiar face is set to join the Pittsburgh Steelers back room coaching staff. According to the teams official website, former Steeler Joey Porter will an assistant defensive coach for the upcoming season.
Head Coach Mike Tomlin commented on the hire saying, “We are excited about having Joey back with the Steelers’ family. 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.”
The 36-year-old Porter notched 98 sacks in the 13 NFL seasons that he spent in the league.
The first eight of those seasons were with Pittsburgh. Facing pending salary-cap troubles, the club released Porter in March 2007, less than two months into Mike Tomlin’s tenure as head coach.
After being released, Porter joined Miami Dolphins, spending three seasons in Miami before moving on to the Arizona Cardinals, playing his last game in the 2011 campaign.
The Steelers fans reaction to the hiring have been incredibly positive. The number 55 was a hero in his days as a Steeler and supporters will be hoping this will herald a return to those glory days.