When linebacker Joey Porter played for Pittsburgh, his teammates say he welcomed them to his home for holiday dinners, provided a spark in the locker room and was a friend to anyone on the Steelers' roster.
Of course, that history likely won't completely silence Porter's famous mouth Monday night, when his winless Miami Dolphins visit his former team.
"It's Joey Porter," Dolphins defensive tackle Vonnie Holliday said. "I'm sure he'll be fired up and have a lot to say."
His former teammates agreed, saying they were prepared for Porter's fiery trash talk.
"There's going to be some trash talking. I don't know if Joey's got that much firepower, them being 0-10," Steelers' linebacker Larry Foote said.
However Porter disagreed, saying he doesn't plan to run his mouth as much as usual -- but not because of his friendships with former teammates.
"You can't talk mess now. They'll just say, 'Look at the score.' That's kind of how it's been," Porter said. "But at the same time, we're getting better. We're starting to jell together and play together as a team."
Porter -- a three-time Pro Bowl linebacker and one of the NFL's most outspoken players -- received a guaranteed $20 million in March to sign with Miami. He spent his first eight seasons with the Steelers.
The Dolphins are still searching for their first win under first-year coach Cam Cameron.