: The History of the Pittsburgh Steelers
: Admin September 15, 2012, 11:30:02 AM
Established by Arthur Rooney the Pittsburgh Steelers entered the NFL football league in 1933. For their first seven years, the Pittsburgh Steelers were named the Pirates. Even though the Steelers have had recent success, it wasn’t always this way. For the first forty seasons the Pittsburgh Steelers floundered in mediocrity. However, everything changed for the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1970’s.
Since you can’t appreciate winning until you’ve experienced losing, the early failures served as motivation to drive the Steelers to dominance. In 1974 Art Rooney and the rest of the Pittsburg Steelers’ family celebrated their first NFL football championship. During the 70’s they secured four championships total and became the only franchise to become repeat champions twice. The Pittsburgh Steelers garnered a rabid fan base during this period, that continuously sells out games and purchases any black and yellow memorabilia.
One of the main reasons the Pittsburgh Steelers experienced so much success, is due in large part to the talent of their players. Terry Bradshaw secured the quarterback position and was supported by Joe Greene and Jack Lambert. Franco Harris handled the rushing duties and cemented is legacy as one of the best running backs in the history of NFL football. Since such overpowering talent needs to be managed properly, Chuck Noll steered the Steelers to success from the coaching position. In the 70’s talent equaled championships and excellence. In fact, the Hall of Fame is filled with Pittsburgh Steelers players from this era.
Talent wins, but Steelers success would not have been possible without Rooney’s vision and drive. Rooney put no price tag on winning and made moves at every chance to build and fortify his franchise. Fans appreciated his passion and respected his football knowledge. Success did not subdue his will to win, it only sparked it to a higher degree and intensity.
Even though the Steelers experienced so much success in the 70’s they still remain relevant in today’s NFL football league. In 2005 the Pittsburgh Steelers reached the pinnacle of success again by winning Super Bowl XL. During their magical playoff run, they became the first wildcard playoff team to win three consecutive road games on their way to the championship. This marked Bill Cowher’s first Super Bowl victory and ended his long successful tenure with the team. Mike Tomlin stepped in as his successor and led the team to their sixth Super Bowl win in franchise history. Ben Roethlisberger and Hines Ward played integral parts in both championship runs.
The Pittsburgh Steelers have had various stadiums during their existence, but for their glory years of the 70’s they called Three Rivers Stadium home. This remained the Steelers stadium until it was time for a change. In 2001 Heinz Field was opened and new decade of dominance began. Pittsburgh Steelers Fans take pride in their team and their accomplishments. On game days thousands of fans can be seen waving terrible towels in support of their beloved team. Three Rivers stadium houses the hope and pride of Pittsburgh.