The Steelers are in the big game this Sunday. So, here is some Steelers trivia for you to use to impress friends and family. Calm down Packer fans, yours is coming soon.
- Former Steelers DE Ernie Stautner is the only Steeler to have his number retired. His # 70 was retired on October 25, 1964.
- Chuck Noll became the head coach of the Steelers on January 27, 1969. With his first draft pick he selected DT Joe Greene.
- The Steelers are the fifth oldest franchise in the NFL. They were founded on July 8, 1933 by Art Rooney.
- The Steelers were originally called the Pittsburgh Pirates. They became the Steelers in 1940.
- In 1984 Tony Dungy was named defensive coordinator of the Steelers, becoming the NFL's first African American coordinator. Dungy was a DB for the Steelers from 1977 - 78.
- Only one Steeler has ever worn 00. It was worn by Johnny Clement, who played for the Steelers from 1946 - 48. Clement also wore 0 for awhile.
- Art Rooney signed Byron "Whizzer" White to an unheard of $15,800 contract in 1938, making White the first big money player in the NFL. After his playing career White served 31years as a Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.
- The Steelers first playoff win came on December 23, 1972 against the Oakland Raiders. The game became known for Franco Harris' "Immaculate Reception."
- The Steelers first winning season came in 1942 when the team finished with a 7 - 4 record.
- The three marks in the Steelers logo are often called diamonds. Officially, they should be referred to as hypocycloids.
- The Steelers are the only team that wears their logo on only one side of their helmet. This was originally done because they weren't sure if they would like the look of the logo on the helmet.
On January 21, 1979, the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Dallas Cowboys with a 35-31 victory in Super Bowl XIII. The Steelers had previously defeated the Cowboys in Super Bowl X, and this game was the first Super Bowl rematch, in addition to being what many would consider one of the best Super Bowls. Super Bowl XIII was played at the Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida. It was the last of five Super Bowls to be played at the Orange Bowl.
Terry Bradshaw, voted Super Bowl MVP, completed 17 of 30 passes for 318 yards, a personal high. Four of those passes went for touchdowns - two to John Stallworth and the third touchdown, with 26 seconds remaining in the second period, to Rocky Bleier for a 21-14 halftime lead. Lynn Swann was the leading receiver in the game with 7 receptions for 124 yards and a touchdown. Stallworth recorded 115 yards and a touchdown off just 3 receptions. Stallworth and Swann became the first pair of teammates to each have 100 yards receiving in a Super Bowl and the first time two receivers did it in the same game.
The Dallas Cowboys put up a great fight in Super Bowl XIII, however, they were unable to overcome turnovers, drops, and a controversial penalty during the second half. Although they made a valiant comeback effort, scoring twice in the last few minutes to cut the lead to 35-31, their onside kick with 22 seconds left was unsuccessful, resulting in the Steelers' victory.
The Pittsburgh Steelers are 3 - 0 so it's the perfect time to check out some of the brand new Steelers jerseys that we just got in. We have couple guys that we've never made before, along with the re-stocking of some old classics.
So what do you think Steeler fans? Will your guys beat Baltimore this week to go to 4 - 0?
Art Rooney passed away on August 25, 1988 at the age of 87. Arthur Joseph Rooney, Sr. known as "The Chief," was the founding owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers franchise in the National Football League. Rooney's affiliation with the NFL began in 1933 when he purchased a franchise for Pittsburgh and named them the Pirates. In 1938, he signed Byron "Whizzer" White to a record-breaking $15,000 contract. Unfortunately, this move did not bring the Pirates a winning season. The club did not have a season above .500 until 1942, a few years after the team was renamed the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The team managed only 24 victories in the first eight years of his ownership. Season after season, it seemed the Steelers would always be destined for second division. However, Rooney's faith and determination in his Steelers was never-ending. Finally, in the 1970s, the Steelers won four Super Bowls (1974, 1975, 1978, 1979), making them the most dominant team of the decade.
Art Rooney received many awards during his career. In 1964, he was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He was a beloved figure in the city of Pittsburgh. A stature of his likeness graces the entrance to Heinz Field, home of the Pittsburgh Steelers. He also has a street named in his honor on Pittsburgh's north side.