At 34, Joey Porter knows he’s getting old

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There was a time when a reporter who asked Joey Porter if his production was declining would expect to get his head bitten off. But now Porter, at age 34 and in his 13th NFL season, nods in agreement when asked if he’s getting old.

Porter, the Cardinals linebacker who’s preparing to play against the team where he spent the first eight years of his career when the Steelers come to town Sunday, said he understands that he’s not the guy who can contribute double-digit sacks anymore.

As you get older, your role changes,” Porter told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “And, as a player, you still think you can hunt just as good as the other dog, but it just happens. You play this game long enough, you’re not going to be as dominant as you used to be.”

Porter has started all five games for the Cardinals this year, but he has just 14 tackles and one sack, and his playing time has been reduced.

“That’s hard to accept, but, at the same time, I still feel like I can play,” Porter said. “My thing is, I’m trying to give myself the best chance to be healthy. I feel like when I’m healthy, I can still go out there and play football with anybody. But it gets tougher when you get older.”

17 responses to “At 34, Joey Porter knows he’s getting old

  1. That kind of sounds like humility, which would lead me to the question:

    “Who are you and what have you done with Joey Porter?”

  2. “At 34, Joey Porter knows he’s getting old”

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    His “act” got “old” long before his body did…

  3. there are special forces guys in their mid 40’s that work 10x harder than these nfl players every single day. i don’t buy this ‘im too old’ crap. they just get lazy and realize they have their money, and coast until they can’t compete with the younger guys who want to play.

    34 is old now? give me a break.

  4. Yeah buddy, 34 is old when it comes to football.

    The average person peaks physically at age 26. So at 34, the average person has been declining physically for eight years.

    While I don’t doubt the training of the special forces guys, they don’t have to outrun 26 year olds their athletic prime every day.

    In football, even the tiniest difference in speed makes all the difference. When you’re 34, it’s just a biological fact that you’re not as fast as you once were, making it increasingly difficult to play in the NFL.

  5. Even though I’m a Steelers fan and I probably shouldn’t criticize other teams for starting old players, I know I’m not the only one who’s completely baffled that Porter and Haggans are the Cards starting linebackers, let alone still in the league. Crazy.

  6. @rexryansdirtysock …
    Thank you for an intelligent post.

    vincespowersweep, if you want to know about Joey’s ego, just ask his current and former teammates. There’s a reason he kept getting elected captain by his peers.

    I’ll be rooting for my Steelers Sunday, and I love our current corps of linebackers. But I hope Joey has a good day. He still has a special place in my heart and will still be my favorite Steeler LB on the field. Love ya, Joey.

    Moderators, I’m sorry you find this post so offensive that you’ve deleted it five times. I’ll just forward it to your supervisors with the others. I’m sure eventually they’ll be able to provide us with some rational answers for these deletions.

  7. @rexryansdirtysock …
    Thank you for an intelligent post.

    vincespowersweep, if you want to know about Joey’s ego, just ask his current and former teammates. There’s a reason he kept getting elected captain by his peers.

    I’ll be rooting for my Steelers Sunday, and I love our current corps of linebackers. But I hope Joey has a good day. He still has a special place in my heart and will still be my favorite Steeler LB on the field. Love ya, Joey.

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