The Pittsburgh Steelers are a professional American football team which is based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Steelers compete in National Football League (NFL) as the member club of American Football Conference (AFC) North division. The Steelers are said to be the oldest team franchise in the AFC as they were founded way back in the year 1933.
The Steelers joined the NFL as the Pittsburgh Pirates on July 8, 1933, owned by Art Rooney. They have the same name as of the baseball team. So, to differentiate each other, the football team was to be known as the Rooneymen by the local media.
The Pittsburgh Steelers has won more than any other NFL Teams. They have won 6 Super Bowl titles, and 11 conference championship games mostly played in with the San Francisco 49ers. The Steelers are said to be the most powerful team, but they have always been set aback when comparing to the New England Patriots. With the AFC championships, they are in a tie with Denver Broncos, but they are just one loss behind the New England Patriots. The Pittsburgh Steelers have always been behind of the New England Patriots though that hasn’t let them down as they have the record for the second most Super Bowl appearances. The most recent loss to the Steelers was the Super Bowl XLV on February 6, 2011.
The Steelers fan base is nicknamed as the Steeler Nation. Their official mascot is the Steeley McBeam. The home games of Steelers are played at Heinz Field on Pittsburgh’s North Side in the North Shore neighborhood, Pennsylvania which also hosts the University of Pittsburgh Panthers. Songs like Here We Go and Styx’s Renegade is often used by the Steeler Nation to rally the crowd. The Steelers current uniform is of Black, Gold, and White and the Head Coach of the team currently is Mike Tomlin. The Steelers Digest is the official newspaper for the team.
During the games, there were a lot of historic rivals throughout their period. The Raiders-Steelers rivalry was said to be the most heated of the 1970’s and early to mid-1980’s. The Steelers first playoff win was a 13-7 victory over the Oakland Raiders by way of Franco Harris’s Immaculate Reception on December 23, 1972. It followed by the years to come as both began their rivalry by each of them winning over the other in every season. The historic win over the Raiders was when they blew them off with a 35-3 win. This game was further notable for a punch which was thrown by Richard Seymour of the Raiders against Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
Another prominent rivalry was with the Patriots which was developed as a famous rivalry in league circles when the New England Patriots upset the Steelers in the 2001 AFC Championship Game at their home field. The Patriots had won 6 out of 7 meetings over a ten-year period (1998-2007) before the Steelers broke it with a 33-10 victory. This rivalry continued with giving an end by the Patriots win with 36-17 in the 2016 AFC Championship game.
Bill Dudley, the halfback of the Pittsburgh Steelers won the NFL Most Valuable Player Award in the year 1946 and the quarterback Terry Bradshaw won the same in the year 1978. The Super Bowl MVP winners of the team were Franco Harris, Lynn Swann, Terry Bradshaw, Hines Ward, and Santonio Holmes.
Chuck Noll, is one of the only four coaches to train a single NFL team for 23 years (1969-1991) and he got inducted into the Pittsburgh Hall of fame.