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The Steelers hired former linebacker Joey Porter as a defensive assistant.

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Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, 9:51 a.m.

The Steelers added one of their all-time sack leaders to their coaching staff.

Joey Porter was hired as a defensive assistant and will work with outside linebackers, the Steelers announced Tuesday.

“We are excited about having Joey back with the Steelers family,” 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 is the second defensive assistant on the coaching staff, along with Jerry Olsavsky.

Porter, 36, was the Steelers' third-round pick in 1999 out of Colorado State. He played eight seasons with the Steelers and was one of the driving forces that helped the Steelers win their first Super Bowl in more than 25 years during the 2005 season.

Porter was released two months into Tomlin's rookie year in 2007 in a salary-cap move.

He spent three years in Miami (2007-09) and two in Arizona (2010-11) before retiring. Porter is 31st all-time with 98 sacks, including 60 with the Steelers. Only Jason Gildon (77) and James Harrison (64) had more with the team.

Porter, a four-time Pro Bowler, had a career-high 17 12 sacks in 2008 with the Dolphins.

Porter will work with last year's first-round pick Jarvis Jones, who managed only one sack.

Porter was an assistant at Colorado State last season while finishing up his undergraduate degree (liberal arts, social studies).

Mark Kaboly is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at or via Twitter @MarkKaboly_Trib.

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