Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 8/4/13
In 2006, Sports Illustrated dubbed him the most dangerous man in the NFL. When his career began to slow down, 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 an undergraduate assistant!” The head coach wasn’t the only one who was excited about Porter joining the team. Redshirt Sophomore Steve Michel also shared his excitement about his new coach when he replied to a fans tweet about the hiring. This rare opportunity to have an ex-NFL player is something that everyone can be excited about. Porter should be able to come in and make a quick impact with a defense that struggled in conference play. When the 2012 season ended, the Rams were fifth in defensive total yards with 3,248 going against them when facing their conference opponents. The Porter hiring gives the defense an opportunity to make some noise in the Mountain West Conference. With a linebacker unit that only has one Senior, this news is just what the Rams needed for the upcoming season. This is another indication that Coach McElwain is prepping for the new era in Fort Collins. Porter will be able to share his knowledge and passion of the game to these players as they strive to grow into something greater. Porter finished his college career with a Third-Team All American and First-Team All Conference honors while finishing third in the nation for total sacks (15). 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 pre-game ritual where he would pace back and forth at the 50-yard line as he taunted and got under the skin of the opposing team. In a 2008 interview with the NFL Network, Porter described himself as the “villain” when he played the game. He conveyed excitement for the fans and brought the best out of his teammates every game and there is no doubt that he will be able to do that at CSU. The best part about the news of Porter rejoining the Rams, is that he is doing it while he finishes his Liberal Arts degree. This allows players to relate to him as a football player and as a student. When the season gets tough, they can look to Porter for help on and off the field. This can be one of the little things that can help teams overcome and win games throughout a long season. Don’t be surprised if Colorado State excels from their sixth place finish in sacks last year. Joey Porter will be showing the team a few things he learned throughout his career. More importantly, be prepared for Jim McElwain’s bold new era and its newly found defensive swagger.
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