By Anthony Caruso III
Posted: May 18th, 2014 at 1:04 pm EST
Joey Porter was a fierce defender with the Pittsburgh Steelers. And when his NFL career ended, he went back to Colorado State last summer.
Through his dedication to finish his degree, he received a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts on Saturday night. He left Colorado State credits shy of his degree in 1998.
He played 13 seasons in the NFL mainly with the Steelers, before moving onto the Miami Dolphins and the Arizona Cardinals.
“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.”
He retired from the NFL in 2012 when he signed a one-day contract with the Steelers. He was named an assistant coach in 2013 at Colorado State to finish his degree.
After his one season on the Rams coaching staff, he was hired by the Pittsburgh Steelers. In February, he was named a Defensive Assistant.