pittsburgh steelers history
pittsburgh steelers history
In 2004, Pittsburgh Steelers tickets rewarded fans with a storybook season featuring an aging veteran experiencing the best season of his career and a rookie quarterback, forced into action by an injured starter, who goes undefeated in the regular season. The Steelers sent two “unbeatable” powerhouse teams down in flames. Indeed, 2004 was an unforgettable year for the Pittsburgh Steelers, as Jerome “The Bus” Bettis, “Big” Ben Roethlisberger and the NFL’s No. 1 defense astounded Steeler ticket holders week after week at Heinz Field in the Iron City. What will be the story this year? Find out by picking up your Pittsburgh Steelers tickets today.
The Steelers have long been a favorite franchise among NFL teams. Pittsburgh fans had their first chance to buy tickets to a professional football game in 1933 when the team was founded as the Pirates. Renamed the Steelers in 1940, Pittsburgh posted its first winning season in 1942, finishing 7-4. In 1947, fans had their first taste of the playoffs, but were shutout 21-0 by the Philadelphia Eagles.
In 1970, with the first pick in the NFL draft, the Steelers selected quarterback Terry Bradshaw. He stumbled out of the gate and was labeled a “dumb hick” by the media. But in 1972, Bradshaw threw the “Immaculate Reception” to running back Franco Harris, securing an improbable playoff victory over the Oakland Raiders. The “Immaculate Reception” is widely regarded as the turning point in the Steelers; illustrious history. To this date, many Pittsburgh fans have held on to their Steelers ticket stubs from that game as a memento of the beginning of greatness.
1974 saw the Steelers take on the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl IX. After surviving a defensive struggle, Pittsburgh came away with the franchise’s long-awaited first Lombardi Trophy, ending 40 years of frustration. A new era was born by the efforts of Hall of Famers Mel Blount, “Mean” Joe Greene, Jack Lambert and Jack Ham. The crushing defense known as the Steel Curtain had arrived. The Steelers would go on to reward their fans with victories over the Dallas Cowboys in Super Bowl X and XIII and the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl XIV. The Steelers were the first team to win four Lombardi Trophies and the only team to win back-to-back Super Bowls twice. Loyal fans have been lining up for Steelers tickets almost religiously ever since.
But the Steelers weren’t satisfied. Under head coach Bill Cower, they would return to the Super Bowl in 1996 to once again face the Dallas Cowboys. This time they would not be so lucky and were defeated 27-17.
This year, Pittsburgh remains a contender. Led by Offensive Rookie of the Year Ben Roethlisberger and riding Jerome “The Bus” Bettis, the Steelers will be looking to repeat their success of the 2004 season. With a new and much deserved contract, wide receiver Hines Ward is a serious threat to defenses and the addition of first-round pick Heath Miller at tight end does nothing but strengthen an already strong team. Steeler ticket holders are anxious to see if their men in black can best their 15-1 record in 2005. Pittsburgh fans with Steelers tickets are expecting to be disappointed.