IN THIS MONTH'S
whirlwind of NFL player relocations, no move was more surprising than that of
three-time Pro Bowl outside linebacker Joey Porter, a career Steeler who was
cut by the team on March 2. Four days later the Dolphins gave Porter, one of
two NFLers ever to have 60 sacks and 10 interceptions, a five-year, $32 million
deal. The 6'3", 250-pound Porter, 30, a magnet for controversy on the field
and off, is apparently not about to change his ways—he was cited for punching
the Bengals' 6'7", 305-pound Levi Jones at the Palms in Las Vegas last
Saturday, one of the rare things that, at SI's press time, Porter wouldn't talk
On being a
It's a great situation. They're trying to win a championship now—they never
talked about rebuilding when I met with them. We had a short meeting, and
everything that they said sounded good. Coach [Dom] Capers [ Miami's defensive
coordinator] has always used the 3--4 defense, and he wanted to have a dominant
pass rusher to get things going on the other side of [ NFL Defensive Player of
the Year] Jason Taylor. I can be that guy who makes an impact.
On why he didn't
take more time to investigate the market
I didn't want one of those fly-all-over-the-world recruiting trips. I wanted to
know who wanted me. When we started to seriously look at Miami, we thought the
Bengals would respond faster, but they didn't get back to my agent until six
hours later. I had to decide: Wait for Cincinnati to get involved in a bidding
war, or go with a team that had presented me with a good situation? I felt
comfortable with the Dolphins.
On getting cut by
It wasn't a shock; they couldn't pay me what I was worth. The hard part is
leaving the players. That was my locker room. Those were my guys. But this is a
business, and the sooner you realize that, the easier it is to avoid being
hurt. I'll say this: What I did in Pittsburgh can't be replaced. They know it,
and I know it. They might get somebody who can perform on the field, but they
won't get somebody who brings the same presence to that team.
On his infamous
pregame fight with then Browns back William Green in 2004
Green came across the 50-yard line and charged me. I had to protect myself, but
I became the bad guy because I won the fight.
On being fined
last year for using a homosexual slur to describe Browns tight end Kellen
That's all on me. I was so frustrated by him [ Winslow had put a late hit on
Steelers linebacker James Farrior] that I used a word I shouldn't have used.
Where I grew up [in Bakersfield, Calif.], that was a word meant to say a guy is
soft. I should've just said he was soft. But I wanted to cut him so deep that I
did something wrong.
relationship with former Steelers head coach Bill Cowher
He understood me. I play with emotion. When I came to Pittsburgh [in 1999], I
was on special teams and scout teams, and I wanted to play so bad. So I picked
fights with [running back] Jerome Bettis in practice. He was a future Hall of
Famer, but I didn't care. I knew I could play, and I wanted people to know I
wasn't intimidated. I think Coach Cowher looked at me and thought, This guy
isn't afraid to go after anybody.