It wasn’t expected that Penn State cornerback Joey Porter Jr. would fall out of the first round of the 2023 NFL Draft, but that is exactly what happened.
The Pittsburgh Steelers made their fans quite happy with the first pick of the second round, as they took the son of franchise legend Joey Porter. The fans were happy, but the son of a legend wasn’t particularly thrilled, only because he saw himself coming out in the first round.
Porter Jr. was in Pittsburgh when the pick happened and decided to come to the facility to do his press conference in person after the pick. When he sat down, he said how upset he was after not going on the first night of the draft.
“Last night, I was mad. I had the edge on me,” Porter said after he was drafted. “This is a perfect way to end my day right here. I just forgot all about last night and shoot, I’m ready. I got a chip on my shoulder. I’m trying to prove myself.”
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Thanks to NFL Films, fans got an inside look at what happened while Porter was falling out of the first round after being invited to Kansas City for the draft.
Joey Porter Sr. made sure to use that anger as motivation.
“They want to see a pissed-off football player. Now they got one,” Porter Sr. said. “Now you’ve been motivated to another level. Because we’ve got something to prove. And take it personal. Because you should.”
Porter Jr. was a First Team All-Big Ten player in 2022, and was the team’s defensive MVP after recording 11 passes defended.
Jr. also plans to wear No. 24 in the NFL, in honor of his father’s former Steelers teammate, defensive back Ike Taylor.
Taylor played for the Steelers from 2003-14, and was a member of both the Super Bowl XL and XLIII championship teams. In 174 career games, Taylor recorded 14 interceptions and 134 passes defended.
In Super Bowl XL, he recorded two passes defended and an interception in the 21-10 win over the Seattle Seahawks. A picture shows him holding his son in his right arm.WANT MORE FROM TOTALPROSPORTS? FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS.