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Joey Porter joins Pittsburgh Steelers' coaching staff

Joey Porter is back with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The team announced Tuesday that the four-time All-Pro linebacker has been hired as a defensive assistant. Bob Labriola of Steelers Digest expects Porter to help tutor outside linebackers.

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"We are excited about having Joey back with the Steelers' family," coach Mike Tomlin said. "Joey spent a number of years with Pittsburgh as a player, and now he's back to assist the coaching staff. We look forward to his efforts and contributions."

Porter spent eight seasons with the Black and Gold after being selected in the third round of the 1999 NFL Draft. The Steelers released him in 2007, shortly after Tomlin took over the team.

Porter played three seasons with the Miami Dolphins (2007-'2009) and two with the Arizona Cardinals (2010-'2011). He officially retired in 2012 after signing a one-day contract with the Steelers.

The 36-year-old spent 2013 as an assistant coach at Colorado State, where he attended college.

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