In 2006, Sports Illustrated dubbed him the most dangerous man in the NFL. When his career began to slow down, some Colorado State fans across the nation began to dream about Joey Porter returning to the place where it all began.
As the team begins prepping for the 2013 season, those dreams are finally becoming a reality. Jim McElwain confirmed the rumors last Wednesday when he tweeted, “Looks like the news is out & it’s true… Joey Porter will be joining our staff as a undergraduate assistant!” Linebacker Steve Michel also shared his excitement about his new coach when he tweeted about being on board with the new hire.
When the 2012 season ended, the Rams ranked fifth in the Mountain West Conference in total yards against (4,867). Porter’s hire gives the defense an opportunity to gain some clout. With a linebacker unit that only has one Senior, this news is just what the doctor ordered for the upcoming season. Porter will be able to share his knowledge and passion of the game with this young corps.
Porter finished his college career with Third-Team All American and First-Team All Conference honors. After being drafted in 1999 by the Steelers, Porter went on to record 98 career sacks and was know as one of the best trash talkers to ever play.
Fans should remember Porter’s pregame ritual, pacing back and forth at the 50-yard line as he taunted the opposing team. He brought excitement to the game and brought out the most in his teammates every game, and there is no doubt he intends to once again do just that at CSU.
A great twist with the news of his return to Fort Collins is that Porter will also be working towards finishing his degree in Liberal Arts. This will undoubtedly help players relate even better to their new coach, as they both will have to deal with the balancing act of football and school work. Professors tend to be interested in more than just wins on Saturdays, though perhaps those couldn’t hurt. When the grind of the season starts wearing on the team, they can look to Joey Porter for guidance. His presence may intangibly provide a boost needed to help the Rams exceed expectations, as they did when he last donned the Green and Gold.