Yesterday marked the 79th birthday of the Pittsburgh Steelers, who remain one of sports’ most beloved franchises.
After reaching the playoffs once between 1933 and 1971, the team enjoyed unprecedented levels of success beginning in 1972 and fortified by the Immaculate Reception.
Behind the stewardship of head coach Chuck Noll, the Steelers reached the postseason eight consecutive seasons and won four Super Bowls over the span of six years.
Pittsburgh became a model of consistency during the 70s. While age and decline finally caught up with them in the early 80s, the Steelers posted a .500 record or better each season from 1972 to 1984.
While the team hasn’t quite reached their historic run of the 70s, Bill Cowher and Mike Tomlin guided Pittsburgh to a pair of Super Bowl wins in 2005 and 2008 respectively.
Their six Super Bowl wins remain the NFL’s high-water mark.
While many folks harken back to the Noll teams of the 1970s for great moments, I’d like to share some of mine:
1. San Diego defeats Pittsburgh in 1994 AFC title game.
2. Big Ben is bested by Aaron Rodgers in Super Bowl XLV.
3. Pittsburgh meets Tebow Time.
4. The Orange Crush melts the Steel Curtain in the 1977 AFC Divisional playoffs.
5. Larry Brown, Larry Brown.
Sorry Steelers Nation, I’m a bitter Eagles fan.
Without the Steelers being great, the NFL isn’t quite as fun and it becomes more difficult to exercise my jealously of their franchise’s success.
Happy Birthday, Pittsburgh!
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