Former Steelers LB Joey Porter To Be Inducted Into The Colorado State Hall Of Fame

According to Bakersfield Californian, former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Joey Porter will be inducted into the Colorado State Hall of Fame on Nov. 1.

Porter, who went to school at Colorado State, was original drafted by the Steelers in the third round of the 1999 NFL Draft. During his 13 seasons in the NFL, he made it to the Pro Bowl three teams and was also part of the Steelers 2005 team that won Super Bowl XL in Detroit.

Porter was released by the Steelers in 2007 after playing eight years in Pittsburgh. During that span, he recorded 60 quarterback sacks to go along with 10 interceptions and 17 forced fumbles.

Porter would go on to play for both the Miami Dolphins and the Arizona Cardinals over the course of the next five years. Just last year at about this time, Porter announced that he was retired and wanted to let everyone know that he was retiring as a member of the Steelers. Last year, during the annual Friday Night Lights practice at Latrobe High School, the Steelers celebrated not only Porter\’s retirement with a ceremony, but the retirement of former Steelers Aaron Smith, Marvel Smith and Willie Parker as well.

Porter was very outspoken over the course of his career and a very charismatic leader on the Steelers defense.

In September of 2003, Porter was shot in the buttocks while was standing outside a Denver bar following the Colorado-Colorado State football game and the incident forced him to miss the first two games of the 2003 season as a result.

Porter unforgettably referenced the shooting in a post game celebration following the Steelers big playoff win in 2006 against the Indianapolis Colts as it meant the team would be heading to Denver to play the Denver Broncos in the AFC Championship Game.

“They shot me in Denver! You don\’t want none,” yelled Porter.

Congratulations, Peezy, from all of Steeler Nation.

  • Steelrzgirl

    Love Porter. Watched him when we lived in Bakersfield, watched him at CSU when we moved to Fort Collins. Was thrilled when he and Clark landed in Pitt. WHO RIDE?

  • VaDave

    My all time Porter Smack down, was before a Cleveland game at Heinz Field.
    Addressing some unknown Browns: “Hey ya’all… Ya know when you’re heading home on the turnpike? Your going back the same way you came. Losers!”
    Generally I’m much more in favor of letting your play do your talking, but that was an outstanding comment straight from the heart.

  • David Heverly

    When Peazy left so did alot of our attitude. He ran his mouth but always backed it up. He elevated the intensity of his teammates as well. I like our defense now don’t get me wrong..But we are still missing that intimidating figure that other teams feared. If Woodley had that me against the world mentality like Greg Lloyd and Porter played with he would be unstoppable.
    “He’s running around there, running his mouth, doing all that, but if you watch him on film and really look, where was Ray Lewis? He was nowhere to be found. I could have tackled the water boy and had as many tackles as him. He didn’t do nothing today. He’s all mouth. When you talk like that, that’s what happens: You get hit in the mouth. He’s over there crying now, thinking about what went wrong. You got your ass whipped, that’s what.”~Porter

  • JPDQ

    Yep, the team has progressively lost its attitude and its intensity since JP left. Guy could run his mouth, but he backed it up on the field nine times out of ten. You can’t ask for much more than that.

    Quick story here: At my wedding, one of my groomsmen informed me that he didn’t have a wedding gift “quite yet” for me, but that he would have it soon. As the months passed, every time we’d talk on the phone, he’d say, “Your wedding present is coming, I haven’t forgot. It’s gonna be epic.” I have to admit, I was curious what he had up his sleeve.

    Another month or so goes by, and one day UPS drops a giant package off at my front door. I mean, this thing was lookin rough… bent, torn, looked like it had been taped and re-taped about a half-dozen times. So, I look at the label and see that it came from my buddy. Moment of truth.

    Okay, I open this thing up, dig through the mounds of styrofoam peanuts, and pull out this thing wrapped in bubble tape and sandwiched between two large pieces of cardboard. Remove the cardboard, and… more bubble tape. Sheesh. Okay, remove the bubble tape, and what do I see?

    A matted and framed, autographed Super Bowl XL Terrible Towel signed by none other than Joey Porter, personalized to me and my wife. “Best wishes ___ and ___! #55 Joey Porter.” I about cried.

    Now, I know that might not be the greatest thing ever to some of you who live in the Burgh, but I live in Nashville and my buddy is down in Jackson, MS. Turns out his neighbor is a friend of JP’s and sometimes plays golf with him. So he mailed him this Terrible Towel, had him sign it, and then Peezy mailed it back to Jackson.

    But, the thing that kinda makes it really special is that, for for a time I lived down in Jackson, and me and my buddy would work out together. My mantra during those sessions was always “Joey Porter Don’t Quit.” (Thus my board handle). He remembered me saying that, all those years later… dude is solid. And now it’s hanging in my sports/media room where it BETTER bring us some good luck this season!

    And so THAT was my wedding present. Now, my wife wasn’t *quite* as thrilled as I was about it, but that’s a whole ‘nother story. And I know secretly she likes it, too.


  • sgtrobo

    alot of the attitude left with the $100k + in fines we accumulated in a short time. Tough to show attitude when the commish paints a big fat target on your back

  • Andrew

    After several years of trying to transcribe the sentence after, “they shot me in Denver!”, I still had no clue. Thanks, Dave.

  • michael young

    Porter is my all time favorite Steeler. His intensity really helped set the tone for our defense for quite a few years. With so many silent leaders on that defense (Potsy, A Smith, Polomalu) he became the voice of our D. He was an excellent player but an even better leader. I can still see him at midfield, shirt tucked under his shoulder pads yapping at the opposing team. He’s the guy you hate when you play him but love him when he’s “your guy.” There have been times over the last 2 seasons where I caught myself thinking, “Man, this D needs a Peezy to step up and get this team fired up.” I miss watching him play in the black and gold.

  • cencalsteeler

    Nice story!

  • Brendon Glad

    Congratulations to Joey Porter. I didn’t get to see him at CSU, but based on how excellent of a player and leader for the Steelers, I’m sure it was a no-brainer at CSU. There were many fond things to remember about Porter, but my favorite ones are when you hear the players talk about how great he was in the locker-room. To me that is SO valuable, and I truly appreciate having players like him on the Steelers. Congratulations again to Joey Porter!!!!

  • Douglas Andrews

    Peezy was one of my favorite Steeler leaders along with Lethon Flowers…big trash talkers but could always back it up. Congrats Joey we miss that attitude