The Pittsburgh Steelers are an NFL football team that is located in the city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Steelers were founded on July 8, 1933 which makes them the oldest team in the AFC. This also means that the Steelers recently celebrated their 82nd birthday on July 8, 2015. They currently play in the AFC North Division with the Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens. Team ownership has remained in the Rooney family since its inception. They are currently coached by Mike Tomlin.
The Pittsburgh Steelers are one of the NFL’s most famous franchises. The team has appeared in 8 super bowl games, winning 6 of them – both of which are NFL records. They have won their division 21 times and have made 28 playoff appearances. The team also has the third most inductees into the NFL Hall of Fame, some of which you can see in the section below. The Steelers also have one of the most rabid fan bases in all of sports. Steeler’s fans can be found throughout the United States, waving their “Terrible Towels” on game day.
The Steelers played home games at Three Rivers Stadium from 1970 to 2000. Since 2001, the Pittsburgh Steelers have played their home football games at Heinz Field. The stadium is named for the local H. J. Heinz Company, which is famous for the production of various food condiments like ketchup. Heinz Field’s seating capacity is generally around 65,000 with a record attendance of 68,111 during an outdoor NHL hockey game. Heinz Field is also home to NCAA football games for the University of Pittsburgh.
Famous Members of the Steelers
Throughout history the Pittsburgh Steelers have been one of the NFL’s best franchises. Here are a few of their most notable players, coaches and owners.
- Terry Bradshaw – Hall of Fame quarterback and current sports broadcaster.
- “Mean” Joe Greene – Hall of Fame defensive tackle.
- Franco Harris – Hall of Fame running back.
- Chuck Noll – 4 time super bowl winning head coach.
- Art and Dan Rooney – owners of the team since 1933.
- Lynn Swann – Hall of Fame wide receiver.
- Rod Woodson – Hall of Fame defensive back.