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Steelers have promoted two of their former players to coaching positions

joey porterToday the Pittsburgh Steelers promoted two of their former players to coaching positions.  Both Jerry Olsavsky and Joey Porter have been promoted to take over the linebacker coaching jobs.  Jerry Olsavsky has been promoted to inside linebackers coach and Joey Porter has been promoted to outside linebackers coach, the team announced today.

From 2010-2014, Olsavsky served as a defensive assistant with the Steelers. In his five seasons as a defensive assistant, the defense ranked in the top-two in the league in total defense three times and was the top overall defense twice (2011-12). He played inside linebacker for nine years for the Steelers (1989-97).

In 2014, Porter served as a defensive assistant with the Steelers alongside Olsavsky. He played eight years for the Steelers from 1999-2006 and he continued his playing career through the 2011 season. In his 13-year career, Porter was a four-time Pro Bowler, a four-time AP-All Pro, helped lead the Steelers to a Super Bowl Championship (Super Bowl XL) and was named to the NFL’s All-Decade Team for the 2000’s.

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