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Steelers bring back Bakersfield's Joey Porter as coach

Steelers bring back Bakersfield's Joey Porter as coach
Joey Porter (AP Photo/Hans Deryk, File)

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Former All-Pro linebacker Joey Porter has rejoined the Pittsburgh Steelers as a defensive assistant coach.

Porter joined the Steelers staff after receiving his first coaching experience at his alma mater last season as a student assistant on Colorado State coach Jim McElwain's staff while taking classes to complete his degree.

Porter worked with the Rams' pass rushers, including linebacker Shaquil Barrett, who posted 12 sacks.

Porter is also one of the most successful athletes to come from Bakersfield, Calif., and a Foothill High School graduate.

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said: "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."

Porter played 13 NFL seasons with Pittsburgh, Miami and Arizona and was a four-time All-Pro.

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KBAK/KBFX Eyewitness News contributed to this report.