Pittsburgh Steelers

February 21, 2011
Pittsburgh Pirates
by David Watson

The fifth-oldest franchise in the NFL, the Steelers were founded on July 8, 1933, by Arthur Joseph Rooney. Originally named the Pittsburgh Pirates. The ownership of the Steelers has remained within the Rooney family since its founding. The current owner is Art’s son, Dan Rooney, who has given much control of the franchise to his son Art Rooney II.

The team enjoys a fanbase nicknamed Steeler Nation and currently play their home games in Heinz Field on Pittsburgh’s North Side, which also hosts the University of Pittsburgh Panthers. Built in 2001, the stadium replaced Three Rivers Stadium which hosted the Steelers for 31 seasons. Prior to Three Rivers, the Steelers had played their games in Pitt Stadium and Forbes Field.

The Steelers rank fourth among all NFL franchises with six NFL titles – zero in the pre–Super Bowl era and six since the advent of the Super Bowl. The Steelers trail the Green Bay Packers (12), Chicago Bears (9) and the New York Giants (7). Pittsburgh has won six Super Bowl titles, won seven AFC Championship Games  and hosted ten conference championship games than any other AFC or NFC team.

They have played in AFC conference championship games more than any other team and tied with the Dallas Cowboys with 14 championship game appearances in either the NFC or AFC contests. The team is the current National Football League champions, having won Super Bowl XLIII on February 1, 2009.

Since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970, the Steelers have posted the best record in pro football. The franchise has won the most total games, won the most divisional titles, earned the best winning percentage (including every expansion team), earned the most All-Pro nominations and has the most Super Bowl wins (6) since the game started in 1970. It is also 2nd overall in playoff wins and season game wins.

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