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PITTSBURGH STEELERS HISTORY & INFORMATION

2014 Pittsburgh Steelers Football Preview:

Are the Pittsburgh Steelers the class of the AFC? Are the Steelers the best team in the NFL? Will Pittsburgh be predicted to make a return to the Super Bowl in 2009? The answers to all three are ‘probably not’ from most NFL experts, if only because people are constantly underestimating the Steelers. Coming in to 2009 everyone focused on the Colts and Pats as their AFC picks, as the season wore on the Titans were the popular choice. Once the ’08 playoffs started the Steelers went and proved why they are one of the best franchises in sports, they win when it matters.

So heading into 2009 there is no reason to think that Coach Mike Tomlin cannot achieve the same results with his talented squad. Pittsburgh returns almost all of their stars from the past season, including; quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, RB Willie Parker, Super Bowl MVP Santonio Holmes and defensive stud James Harrison. Lots of people will probably overlook the Steelers again heading into 2009, but it’s unlikely they’ll be looking past them when Pitt rolls into the playoffs.

PITTSBURGH STEELERS INFORMATION:

Founded: 1933
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Stadium: Heinz Field
Conference: AFC North
Rivals: Cleveland Browns, Philadelphia Eagles, Cincinnati Bengals
Owners: Dan Rooney
Notable Players: Terry Bradshaw, Franco Harris, Lynn Swann & Joe Green

Pittsburgh Steelers plays in the North Division of the American Football Conference of the National Football league (NFL). The Pittsburgh Steelers, originally named the Pirates, joined the NFL in 1933. The team would rename itself the Steelers in 1940 after the prominent steel industry in western Pennsylvania. The Steelers of the 1930’s had little success, and the coming of World War II made players so scarce that the team would merge briefly with the Philadelphia Eagles and the Chicago Cardinals. Pittsburgh’s fortunes really turned when Chuck Noll was hired as head coach in 1969. With the drafting of Terry Bradshaw, Joe Greene, Franco Harris, and Lynn Swann, the team had some of the brightest talent ever assembled, and would win 4 Super Bowls in 6 years. The retirement of these players led to the downfall of Pittsburgh Steelers’ success. Bill Cowher would replace Noll and eventually lead the team to two Super Bowls, winning one of them in 2005. The current team is Cowher’s legacy and looks to continue his success.

The Pittsburgh Steelers play at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Known by fans as the Mustard Palace or the Big Ketchup Bottle, the field was opened in 2001 and sits at the confluence of Pittsburgh’s three rivers. At a game in Pittsburgh you experience smash mouth football in front of a loyal Pittsburgh Steelers crowd at a modern stadium with all the amenities an audience could want.

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