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Pittsburgh Steelers story lines and fun stuff

How they got here

The Steelers rolled to a 12-4 record to win the AFC North, their 19th division title, and earn the No. 2 seed. They beat San Diego in the divisional round and survived Baltimore in Sunday's AFC Championship.

Story lines you'll hear about

How head coach Mike Tomlin, a former Tampa Bay assistant, is the model for new Bucs coach Raheem Morris; Their quest for a record sixth Super Bowl ring, known as One For The Other Thumb; DB Troy Polamalu's long hair, including things only his hairdresser knows for sure; How Ben Roethlisberger came out of a small school, Miami of Ohio, to be a big-name star; The multicultural background of WR Hines Ward, who has a Korean mother and an African-American father.

Super past

Have been in six Super Bowls and won five, most recently three years ago over Seattle.

Big number

5: Number of Super Bowl championships, matching the Cowboys and 49ers for most in NFL history.

Ownership

Have been in the Rooney family since 1933, founded by Art, who turned things over to his son, Dan, who turned things over to his son, Art II. Dan was chairman of the NFL's diversity committee and the force behind the "Rooney Rule," which requires teams to interview minority candidates for head coaching positions. (He also was chairman of the expansion committee which awarded the Bucs franchise in 1976).

Historically speaking ....

The Steelers are the fifth oldest franchise in the NFL and were originally named the Pittsburgh Pirates, playing their games at Forbes Field, and became the Steelers in 1940.

Glory days

Franchise's best players: CB Mel Blount, QB Terry Bradshaw, DT Mean Joe Greene, LB Jack Ham, LB Jack Lambert, WR Lynn Swann

Remember him?

Kirby Wilson, who was part of the Bucs Super Bowl-winning coaching staff, is Pittsburgh's running backs coach.

Team they remind you of ...

Detroit Red Wings: Usually good and in contention for a championship, they play hard and physical, kinda like the city they represent.

Local yokels

CB Bryant McFadden, FSU; DE Orpheus Roye, FSU; OT Max Starks, UF; LB Lawrence Timmons, FSU; WR Dallas Baker,* UF

* - practice squad

Be happiest for ...

P Mitch Berger was out of football, sitting out the 2006 season and most of 2007 until being signed by Arizona, and now he's in the Super Bowl for the first time in his 15-year career.

From the home office ....

Pittsburgh's population is 1.26-million, but city folks tout that they are within 500 miles of more than half of the U.S. population. Plus there are 723 bridges, more than city except Venice, Italy.

Pittsburgh celebs you may see ...

Christina Aguilera, Jeff Goldblum, Michael Keaton, Bret "Rock of Love" Michaels, Dennis Miller.

Big-screen moment

The Mean Joe Greene Coke TV commercial is considered one of the all-time best.

Pittsburgh Steelers story lines and fun stuff 01/18/09 [Last modified: Sunday, January 18, 2009 11:07pm]
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