Former Steeler OLB Joey Porter has decided to hang up the cleats. Porter spent 13 seasons in the NFL. He was drafted by the Steelers in the third round of the 1999 draft. Porter did not take long to make his mark. He started in his second season with the team and recorded 10.5 sacks for the season. Porter continued to start until his days a Steeler ended. He racked up 60 of his 98 sacks in his 8 years with the Steelers.
There was not a more feared guy on the Steelers roster. Porter made a lot of noise before, during and after games but he backed up every bit of it. He was the heart and soul of the Steelers defense in the early 2000’s. Porter was named to the all decade team for the 2000’s. He was named an All-Pro 4 times during that span. Many of us waited every week to see Porter make a big play and bust out the signature boot of his.
Porter earned a Super Bowl ring during his time in Pittsburgh. After leaving the Steelers Porter played in Miami for 3 years. In his first season in Miami Porter pulled in 18 sacks and was up for Defensive Player of the Year. He lost that defensive player of the year award to his replacement in Pittsburgh James Harrison. Porter lead the AFC in Sacks that year with 17.5. Porter finished up his career with the Arizona Cardinals.
Porter is now working on getting a one day deal to retire a Steeler according to NFL.com. This is the way Porter should go out. When people remember him they will remember him as a Steeler. Porter talked about his plans.
“I plan on retiring this year,” Porter said. “I already talked to the Steelers, put some plans together on signing with the Steelers and retiring as a Steeler. It was a good career. I have no regrets about nothing.”
It was always fun to watch Joey Porter play. He made the game enjoyable. For your enjoyment here are some highlights from Joey Porter’s career. There are many more to look at while you are there. Thanks for the memories Peezy. We are all glad we go to enjoy the bulk of your career.