Joey Porter To Retire As A Steeler

Joey Porter Set To Retire As A Steeler

7/18/12 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

Blog Photo - Joey Porter To Retire As A SteelerFormer all-pro linebacker Joey Porter has told Ian Rapoport of NFL.com that he is retiring. The four-time Pro Bowler added that he will be signing with the Pittsburgh Steelers to retire as a member of the team that drafted him in the 3rd round back in 1999. "That's where I started at," Porter said. "It'll be an honor to go out there and retire as a Steeler. Started there, end there."

He played most of his career with the Steelers, spending 8 seasons in Pittsburgh. He then played for the Miami Dolphins for 3 years and the Arizona Cardinals for 2, rounding off his 13 year career.

When asked why he was retiring, Porter said it was easy. "Not being 100 percent healthy to play at the level I am accustomed to playing at. The last two years, I tried to play and I wasn't out there as healthy as I've been in the past. This year, I knew my knee wasn't getting any better."

Porter has spoken with both Steelers' owner Art Rooney and general manager Kevin Colbert. "They welcomed me back. I'll sign with them," Porter said.

Early in his career, Porter developed a reputation of being an artisan of trash talk, which he was quite proud of. He was a loud-mouthed, intimidating presence before, during, and after the play who got under the opponents' skin with ease.Blog Photo - Joey Porter To Retire As A Steeler

The NFL even developed a rule for Porter. While the 50-yard line used to separate the two teams during warmups, the rule has been changed so that neither team is allowed to cross their own 45-yard line. This was in large part due to an incident between Porter and Browns' running back Willie Green.

"They made rules for me. The Joey Porter rule," the linebacker once said. "I compare myself to Shaq, because they say they brought in the 2-3 zone for Shaq. They brought in the 45-yard line rule for me."

Porter will wrap up an illustrious career as a game-changing pass rusher who instilled fear in the minds of opposing quarterbacks. After a rookie year in which he started no games, Porter racked up 10.5 sacks in his second season. He piled them on after that, averaging about 8 sacks a year in his remaining time with the Steelers.

In his first year with the Dolphins, Porter registered only 5.5 sacks, his lowest total since his rookie year, and many thought he was over the hill. He then came out the next season to rack up a career-high 17.5 sacks and reclaim his pass rushing dominance.

While on the Cardinals, Porter struggled to stay healthy and make an impact on the field, and that has led to him calling it quits.

"It was a good career," Porter said. "I have no regrets about nothing."
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