FORT COLLINS, Colo.—Colorado State football Head Coach Jim McElwain announced today that former CSU Rams great and all-pro NFL linebacker Joey Porter will return to the University as an undergraduate student assistant football coach.
Porter, who won a Super Bowl with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2005 and will be inducted into the CSU Athletics Hall of Fame in November, will assist the coaching staff while taking classes to complete his undergraduate degree in liberal arts with an emphasis in social studies.
"This is another example of reaching back into our past to help build our future at Colorado State," said McElwain. "It's an opportunity for him to complete his degree while he gains valuable experience with our coaching staff. We are proud to welcome one of the great Rams back to our campus, just as we welcome all of our former players to remain a part of the Rams football family."
Porter, who played 13 years in the NFL with Pittsburgh, Miami and Arizona, helped lead his Rams teams to some of the greatest seasons in Colorado State history. Still fifth on CSU's all-time sacks list, Porter finished his career with 20. He tallied 14 of those 20 in 1998, the second-best single-season total in school history. Porter notched three sacks in a game against UNLV, as the Rams finished with an 8-4 record and their fifth consecutive winning season.
“I’m excited to have the opportunity that Coach Mac gave me to come back and finish my degree at Colorado State,” Porter said. “I’m extremely happy to have opportunity to work with the CSU football team as an undergraduate student assistant. It’s an honor for me to come back and be a part of the CSU family, and I’m extremely excited to see what happens with the 2013 season.”
The product of Foothills High School in Bakersfield, Calif., capped the 1998 season with first-team all-WAC honors. Porter went on to play in the prestigious East-West Shrine Game and Senior Bowl all-star game in 1998 at the conclusion of his CSU career.
Porter was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the third round in 1999 and played in the NFL for 13 seasons. He was named to the Pro Bowl four times, and in 2005 led the Steelers to a Super Bowl victory over the Seattle Seahawks.
In April of 2005, just before earning a Super Bowl XL ring as a defensive leader on the Pittsburgh Steelers' world championship team, the former CSU star donated $200,000 to renovate the Rams' football locker room inside the Moby Arena building.
Colorado State reports for fall camp on Monday, Aug. 5. Media Day will take place on Wednesday, Aug. 7, from 9-11 a.m., and the pre-camp press conference is set for Thursday, Aug. 1, at 9 a.m.