When Joey Porter was playing outside linebacker in the NFL, he was a feared pass rusher who dealt out punishing hits.
Now that Porter is coaching for the Pittsburgh Steelers, former teammate Larry Foote, who now plays linebacker for the Arizona Cardinals, predicts big things for Porter.
“I think he’s going to be a head coach in this league one day,” Foote told ESPN. “I think he has that ‘it’ factor to be a head coach if he stays the course. He has an enthusiasm and excitement that you can’t teach, you can’t develop, you’ve just got to be born with it and I’m excited. Hopefully he grows from the coaching side, X's and O's, organization and stuff like that. But shoot, he’s on the fast track because he can lead men, he can get men to run through a wall.”
Porter is a defensive assistant for the Steelers.
“He brings it every day like he’s a player and guys respect that," Steelers outside linebacker Jarvis Jones said. "When the linebackers hit the field you can see the energy and positivity and that’s what we need and that’s how we’re going to continue to get better.”
Porter's enthusiasm as a player should translate well to the coaching profession.
“That’s the thing about Joey, he has one speed,” Foote said. “The game is changing. You need coaches coming in with that energy. A lot of players can feed off the coaches’ energy and what a perfect guy to do it.”
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun