Nfl – Overview Of Pittsburgh Steelers Franchise, Highs And Lows

February 26, 2011
Pittsburgh Pirates
by Raquel Camargo

The Pittsburgh Steelers have long been one of the powerhouse teams in the NFL.  They have a rich history and have seen quite a bit of success.  They have captured the Super Bowl Championship twice in the past 5 years (2005 and 2008), and have won 6 total.  They have actually played in more AFC conference championship games than any other team and boast a record of appearing once in the Super Bowl every ten years for the past three decades.  This consistency and hard work is what has earned them the respect of the “Steeler Nation” which is their large fanbase.  They play all of their games at the Heinz Field which is also the home stadium of the University of Pittsburgh. The Team is based out of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and plays in the North Division of the AFC (American Football Conference).

The Pittsburgh Steelers were founded by Art Rooney in 1933 as the Pittsburgh Pirates and were then the fifth oldest franchise in the National Football League.  They were actually named after the Major League Baseball team in the area.  There were a variety of other NFL teams that did this during this time period as well.  They eventually would change their name to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Through the first four decades of their existence, the Pittsburgh Steelers didn’t have much to brag about.  Although Art Rooney was well respected in the community, he never could quite put together the talent to have a winning team.  The management made some crucial decisions in the 1950’s that would end up prolonging this winning drought by cutting John Unitas, Len Dawson, and Earl Morrall in favor of signing Bobby Lane.  This seemed to be a good move at first but Lane just couldn’t reproduce the same results he had achieved in Detroit.

Things started to change around the late 1960’s when they hired Chuck Noll as their new coach.  He brought in some promising talent with Joe Greene and Terry Bradshaw.  1972 would prove to be their best season in many years when they advanced to the AFC Championship Game.  1974 showed the fruits of hard work (and even better draft picks) as the Steelers took their game deep into the playoffs and eventually came away with their first Super Bowl win.  They would repeat the following year and end up with two more Super Bowl rings by the time the 70’s came to a close.  They totaled four Super Bowl Championships in six years which is a record that has yet to be matched.  This is also the decade they became known for their “Steel Curtain” defense.  In 1976 the team only allowed 28 point in their last 9 games of the year.

The eighties proved to not be as good as the seventies, and some big changes were made.  Art Rooney passed away in 1988 and in 1991 Bill Cowher took over the team as head coach.  It wasn’t until 2005 that the Steelers would be able to make it to the Super Bowl and capture another title.  While this past season wasn’t as impressive as their Super Bowl run in 2009, they remain a solid team and are always a threat in big games.

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