May 16, 2014
78 CSU student-athletes set to receive diplomas
FORT COLLINS, Colo. - One of Colorado State football's most recognizable players will return to the CSU campus to take part in graduation ceremonies on Saturday night.
Former Rams great and all-pro NFL linebacker Joey Porter, who returned to CSU as an undergraduate student assistant football coach last July, has earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in liberal arts. Porter played 13 years in the National Football League with Pittsburgh, Miami and Arizona after completing his collegiate career at CSU in 1998.
"It speaks volumes about Joey's commitment that he finished what he started and earned his degree," said Head Coach Jim McElwain. "That was the goal when he came back last summer to work with our team and gain experience as a coach, to work toward completing his degree. He poured a lot into our team last season, and we're excited he has built on that experience now as an assistant coach with the Pittsburgh Steelers. It's even more rewarding to see Joey now as a graduate of Colorado State University."
Porter spent the 2013 season assisting McElwain's coaching staff while taking classes at CSU.
Porter, a CSU Athletics Hall of Fame inductee, came to CSU in 1995 as an h-back before switching to the defensive line in during the spring of 1997. The product of Foothills High School in Bakersfield, Calif., is still fifth on CSU's all-time sacks list, finishing his career with 20. He tallied 14 of those 20 in 1998, the second-best single-season total in school history. Porter notched three sacks in a game against UNLV, as the Rams finished with an 8-4 record and their fifth consecutive winning season.
In his lone season on the Rams' coaching staff in 2013, CSU finished the season 8-6 and capped it with a 48-45 victory over Washington State in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl. Porter, who worked with the linebackers at CSU, helped groom Shaquil Barrett into the 2013 Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year. Porter's protégé tallied a conference-record 20.5 tackles for loss, the fifth-most in the FBS.
In February, he was hired by the Pittsburgh Steelers as a defensive assistant.
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