OK, so you're one of the rare minority of people in the world who are not a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Sure, you are as rare as, say, bigfoot, but I know you are out there. In this season of giving, I would be remiss if I didn't at least try to enlighten you about the greatest NFL team out there, so read on unenlightened masses, and join me for a good wave of the Terrible Towel afterwords.
I know you will want to.
Steelers Fans Travel Well
One of the most amazing sights I routinely see in sports is when the Steelers are playing a road game and are up by a good amount, the camera goes off into a crowd shot and honestly, all you see is Black and Gold jerseys and Terrible Towels waving. How disheartening must it be for a home team to look up and see that over half their stadium is filled with Steelers fans calling for their blood? Having never been on the receiving end of that, I can only imagine how bad it must be but from my perspective, it's just another reason I'm proud to support my team.
The Terrible Towel
There are many icons in sports history, from players and managers to objects that become immortalized in pop culture but none of those stack up to the pure awesomeness of the Terrible Towel. Created in 1975 by legendary radio man Myron Cope, the Terrible Towel has fast grown into an icon legend among Steelers fans and something to be feared among their adversaries. When the nation starts waving those towels, it's a wonder they don't blow the roof off of the stadium they are in….um, the ones that have them anyway.
OK, we will ignore the off the field crap and just focus on the performance this underrated QB puts on when he laces up his cleats. Roethlisberger, who has made it to three SuperBowls, winning 2, is one of the top three QB's in the game today, though you wouldn't know it by the lack of respect he gets. He isn't always flashy and he's routinely unorthodox in every aspect of his game but the guy gets results and that's all that matters. This is a guy who will take a beating for a win and come out in a full body cast to play if need be. He epitomizes the toughness that Steelers fans come to expect out of their team.
Hard Hitting Defense
Not a fan of an opposing team lighting you up for 30+ points on a weekly basis? Then come on over to Steelers Nation where the Black and Gold put on a weekly clinic on how to keep teams out of the endzone. Led by the immortal Dick LeBeau (no relation, that I know of), the Pittsburgh defense is always sitting at or near the top of the league and you can always expect a hard hitting disciplined bunch to hit the field each week.
Winning, Winning and More Winning!
Fair-weather fans flock to winners like a drowning man to a life preserver but can any team boast the annual success of the Steelers? Since 1972, the Steelers have racked up an NFL leading six SuperBowls, 8 conference championships, 20 division championships and 26 playoff appearances. It's no wonder that Steelers Nation is so large because everyone who jumps on the bandwagon has no reason to get off because we are always in the hunt!
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