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Joey Porter Will Retire As A Steeler

Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reports that linebacker Joey Porter has retired from football. The 13-year veteran plans to retire as a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

That’s where I started at,” Porter said,  “It’ll be an honor to go out there and retire as a Steeler. Started there, end there. Thirteen years. I never thought I’d play that long when I first started.”

As for what led to the decision, Porter said it was because of health, and didn’t felt like himself while playing with the Cardinals.

Not being able to get 100 percent healthy to play at the level I am accustomed to playing at,” Porter said, telling about the reason. “The last two years, I tried to play and I wasn’t out there as healthy as I’ve been in the past. This year, I knew my knee wasn’t getting any better as far as this season.”

The four-time Pro Bowler finishes with 170 starts, 503 tackles and 98 sacks. He is 35 years old and most recently played for the Cardinals.