Joey Porter joins XFL San Antonio coaching staff with Hines Ward

Former Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker and assistant coach Joey Porter brings his coaching skills to the XFL when it relaunches for the second time in the spring of 2023.

Not only will Porter coach linebackers for the yet-to-be-named San Antonio team, but he’ll also join the staff of former Steelers teammate Hines Ward, who was announced as the club’s head coach in April. . Former Michigan defensive coordinator Jim Herrmann will be the team’s defensive coordinator and former Edmonton Elks (CFL) head coach Jamie Elizondo will be the offensive coordinator.

Porter, 45, most recently served as outside linebacker coach for the Steelers from 2015-2018. He was a defensive assistant under legendary defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau in 2014. Porter began his coaching career at his alma mater Colorado State in 2013.

As a player, Porter is considered one of the Steelers’ best passing throwers. His 60 sacks in Pittsburgh are the fifth in franchise history. He also posted 75 tackles for loss, 17 forced fumbles and ten interceptions in eight seasons as a Steeler. Porter is just the latest of multiple XFL coaching hires with Steelers ties.

In addition to Ward, former Steelers safety Rod Woodson was named to coach the XFL Las Vegas team. Ray Sherman and Darren Perry are also on Woodson’s staff.

Former Steelers defensive coordinator Tim Lewis fills the same role for XFL Arlington, while Pittsburgh native and longtime NFL quarterback Bruce Gradkowski will serve as offensive coordinator for XFL St. Louis.

The original XFL, founded in 2001, only lasted one season. The revival started in 2020, but that season came to a halt midway through the COVID-19 pandemic. The league did not play in 2021 or 2022, but has targeted 2022 for its return. The revival of the USFL, originally a 1980s spring football league, began in 2022, with the two leagues set to face off next spring.