The Pittsburgh Steelers reunited with Joey Porter on Tuesday, naming the former outside linebacker a defensive assistant.
The coaching job will be his first in the NFL after a 13-year playing career that spanned 188 games. The 36-year-old Porter retired as a player in 2012.
"We are excited about having Joey back with the Steelers' family," Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said. "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 was drafted by the Steelers in the third round in 1999 and remained with the team through the 2006 season. He spent three years with the Miami Dolphins and concluded his career on the field with the Arizona Cardinals in 2010-11.
The four-time All-Pro and four-time Pro Bowler totaled 721 tackles, 98 sacks, 12 interceptions, nine fumble recoveries, three touchdowns, one safety and 25 forced fumbles during his career. His 60 sacks with the Steelers rank fifth in franchise history.
Porter's accomplishments include a Super Bowl championship with the Steelers and six sacks, 50 tackles and one forced fumble in 11 career postseason games. He was named to the NFL's All-Decade team for the 2000s after becoming the first NFL player to log 10 career interceptions and 70 sacks.
Porter spent the 2013 season as an undergraduate assistant coach at Colorado State, where he played college football and was finishing his degree work in sociology.