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KUSA - Joey Porter, who played and recently coached at Colorado State, has been hired as a defensive assistant by the Pittsburgh Steelers, the team announced Tuesday.

Porter, who is in the CSU Sports Hall of Fame after a stellar career there from 1995-98, spent this past season as an undergraduate student assistant on the Rams' staff. He spent his first two seasons as an H-back (1995-96) at CSU then moved to defense as a junior.

"I'm fortunate to come back and work for an organization that drafted me out of college," Porter said in a release sent out by CSU. "It's a place I couldn't be happier to be. There are two places I wanted to coach, CSU and Pittsburgh, and in two years I've been able to accomplish both. I'm truly blessed. CSU did everything for me to give me an opportunity to be where I am."

Porter was drafted by the Steelers in the third round of the 1999 drafted and played 13 seasons in the NFL (with Pittsburgh, Miami and Arizona). He won the Super Bowl in 2005 with Pittsburgh. In April 2005 Porter donated $200,000 to CSU to upgrade the football locker room.

He was a four-time Pro Bowler. He started 171 of 188 NFL games during his career.

"I'm very happy for Joey to have this opportunity," CSU coach Jim McElwain said. "I can't say enough about the job he did with our team last season, and the way he poured his knowledge, experience and passion into our players. He is a true Ram who proudly carries Colorado State with him wherever he goes. We wish him well in his new job with the Pittsburgh Steelers and thank him for what he brought to our program, that will stay with us as we go forward."

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