- Pittsburgh Steelers
- September 6, 2018
Founded in 1933 by Art Rooney, the Pittsburgh Steelers are a professional American football team based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. They compete in the National Football League (NFL), as a member club of the league’s American Football Conference (AFC) North division. The Steelers won six Super Bowl Championships (1974, 1975, 1978, 1979, 2005, and 2008), eight Conference Championships and 23 Division Championships, being one of the most successful NFL franchises. Along with the Denver Broncos and the Dallas Cowboys, they own the record for second most Super Bowl appearances (8).
Due to the lack of players during the World War II, the team merged two times with other NFL franchises in order to form a team. In the course of the 1943 season, they were the Phil-Pitt Eagles after merging with the Philadelphia Eagles; and one year later, after their merge with the Chicago Cardinals, they became the Card-Pitt.
The Pittsburgh Steelers colors are black and gold; while their logo represents the three materials used to produce steel: yellow for coal, orange for iron ore and blue for steel scrap. Since 2001, their home field has been the Heinz Field Stadium, located in the North Shore neighborhood of Pittsburgh.
On 20th September, the Pittsburgh Steelers started their activity as the Pittsburgh Pirates, losing their first season to the New York Giants 23-2. In their first 37 years, they qualified for the playoffs only once and in 1940, they changed their name to the Pittsburgh Steelers, as a tribute to Pittsburgh’s main industry. The team made the playoffs for the first time seven years later, tying for first place in the division at 8–4 with the Philadelphia Eagles, to whom they lost 21-0 during the tie-breaking playoff. That was their last playoff game for the next 25 years. With the AFL-NFL merger, in 1970, the Steelers switched to the American Football Conference (AFC), along with the Cleveland Browns and the Baltimore Colts.
Six Super Bowl Championship titles
The 1974 season was one of the most memorable for the Pittsburgh Steelers, as it marked their beginning towards a remarkable series of successful seasons. They became the first team ever to draft four future Hall of Famers in just one year: receivers John Stallworth and Lynn Swann, centre Mike Webster and linebacker Jack Lambert. Led by quarterback Terry Bradshaw, the “Steel Curtain” won four Super Bowl Championships: in 1974, 1975, 1978 and 1979. During the 1980s, the Pittsburgh Steelers success diminished significantly due to a series of injured players and retirements, including the ones of Lynn Swann, Joe Greene, Terry Bradshaw and Jack Lambert. Eventually, in 1989, in spite of reaching the second round of the playoffs, they missed them the next two seasons.
In 2006, they bounced back with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, safety Troy Polamalu, and wide receiver Hines Ward. Coached by Mike Tomlin, the Pittsburgh Steelers won their fifth Super Bowl title by defeating the Seattle Seahawks. Three years later, they won their sixth Super Bowl title against the Arizona Cardinals.
2011 – Present
Coach Mike Tomlin guided the Steelers to their eighth Super Bowl appearance in 2011, but they lost to the Green Bay Packers 31-25. In 2016, once again, the team won 11 games and qualified for the playoffs. However, they lost to the New England Patriots during the AFC Championship game for the third time. The next year, they finished the regular season with 13 wins, but were eliminated in the opening playoff game.
Since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger, the Pittsburgh Steelers gathered a list of notable records in the league. They own the record for the most regular season games and the most playoff games with 33 playoff wins. They also hold the record for winning the most divisional titles (20) and for playing the most conference championship games (15), with the most Super Bowl wins (6).
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