Pittsburgh Steelers: 30 greatest players in franchise history

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Joey Porter, Pittsburgh Steelers
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25. player. 55. . OLB. (1999-06). Joey Porter

From player to coach, Joey Porter has always embraced the lifestyle of a Steeler. A hard-hitting outside linebacker with a chip on his shoulder and a love for making people hurt, Porter found nothing but success during his seven years with the Steelers.

Porter never played with the legends of the 1970s, but he replicated them as best he could. A second wave of the Steel Curtain formed around Porter on the outside. The focal point of the linebacking core during Pittsburgh’s second run as the NFL’s best defense, Porter was known around the league as one of the best at his position.

Porter was the type of player to always have his hands on the play. Whether it was making tackles, forcing fumbles or finding the quarterback, No. 55 was always around to put some type of pressure on the offense.

During the team’s Super Bowl XL run, Porter was the vocal and on-field leader. His actions spoke just as loud as his words, as he kept the entire defense in check during the team’s journey to ring number five.

Today, he’s sculpting the next generation of Pittsburgh linebackers, but he’ll never be forgotten as one of the best to put on the uniform.