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Joey Porter Sr. told his son he didn’t let anyone down at the draft night pep talk

Joey Porter Jr. was devastated when his name was not called on the first night of the 2023 NFL Draft.

But as the first round ended, his father, legendary former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Joey Porter Sr., tried to make sure his son understood he didn’t do anything wrong.

“They want to see an angry football player? Now they got one,” said Porter Sr. told my son that night. “Now you’re motivated on another level because we have something to prove. Take it personally. As you should. But you did nothing… you did everything you should have done.”

Beyond the accolades of being a top-31 selection, Porter Sr. later revealed that his son wanted to go in the first round because his father was born in Kansas City, Missouri, where the draft took place. So when Porter Jr. knew he would not be selected in the first round, Porter Sr. said he quickly saw his son blame himself.

Porter said, “When it didn’t happen, I saw him pressuring himself as if he had done something wrong.” “all things included” With NFL cornerbacks Patrick Peterson and Bryant McFadden. “For me, personally, I just wanted to help control the emotions that he was having because he felt like, like, he let someone down. And I was like, ‘Man, this Not the issue.'”

Porter Jr. didn’t have to wait long to be selected, however. And he couldn’t have landed in a better spot, as the Steelers, who drafted Porter Sr. in the third round of the 1999 draft, took Porter Jr. with the No. 32 pick—the Miami Dolphins’ first pick since the first pick of the second round. Lost round pick.

Joey Porter Jr. will continue his father’s NFL legacy with the Steelers. (Photo by Randy Litzinger / Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Porter Sr. played his first 13 NFL seasons with the Steelers, with whom he made three Pro Bowls and one first-team All-Pro. He ranks seventh all-time with the Steelers in sacks, fourth in forced fumbles and 22nd in tackles.

Porter Jr. joins a loaded Steelers secondary with eight-time Pro Bowl and three-time All-Pro Peterson, who signed with the Steelers after an 11-year career with the Arizona Cardinals and two seasons with the Minnesota Vikings. Three-time Pro Bowl safety Minka Fitzpatrick. Pittsburgh’s front seven is led by linebackers TJ Watt and Alex Highsmith and veteran defensive tackle Cameron Hayward.



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