Dr. Joel Porter, BA ’87, MSEd ’90, Director of Enrollment Management and Advising for the Baylor School of Education, will be honored by the Baylor “B” Association as the Football Legend at Baylor’s game against Northwestern State at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 6.
A native of Arkadelphia, Arkansas, Porter was a four-year varsity letterwinner for the Bears from 1984 through 1987, wearing #65. The two time All-Southwest Conference lineman helped lead the Bears to three bowl games during his career at Baylor, including the 1985 Liberty Bowl championship over the LSU Tigers and the 1986 Bluebonnet Bowl victory over the Colorado Buffalos.
An excellent student in the classroom, he was named to the GTE Academic All-SWC team in 1987. After his senior season, Porter was selected to represent Baylor in the in 1988 East/West Shrine College All-Star game and the Japan Bowl All-Star Classic.
Porter was drafted by the Chicago Bears in 1988, but he chose to continue his education, earning a master’s degree in educational psychology in 1990 and a doctorate in clinical psychology in 1997.
Porter is a fourth-generation Baylor graduate. His great grandfather, Jesse B. Johnson, graduated in 1891 and was the head of the math department from 1899 to 1929. Porter is entering his 16th year as an employee at Baylor.
For the presentation at McLane Stadium between the first and second quarters, Porter will be joined on the field by his wife, Janet Tindall Porter, BA ’86, and daughter, Josie.