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When you buy Steelers tickets, you get tickets to see one of the most iconic franchises in the history of the NFL. The Steelers have traditionally hung their hat on defense, even earning the nickname of the Steel Curtain for their terrific and aggressive style of play that shuts down opposing offenses. They have also put together some incredible offenses, though, showing that the team and the ownership are willing to adapt to work with the players on the roster and what is needed to give the club the best chance for success.
This dedication to being the best has led the team to win six Super Bowls, and it has appeared in eight title contests over the years. Fans who bought tickets in the 1970s got to see some of the most prolific teams that have ever been assembled in the city. This was the time of the Steel Curtain, and they won the Super Bowl in 1974, 1975, 1978 and 1979. This feat—winning four titles in a mere six years—remains one of the most impressive accomplishments in NFL history. The Steelers then won two more Super Bowls in 2005 and 2008. Fans who picked up tickets still saw the great defense, but they also saw the rise of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and an astounding aerial assault.
While many NFL team owners look at ownership as little more than a business venture, and teams do change hands from time to time as a result, the Steelers have always kept it in the family. The team was originally founded by Arthur Joseph Rooney. That founding took place in 1933, meaning there are only four franchises older than the Steelers. Decades later, the Rooney family still owns the team and keeps the family tradition alive. Even now, the late Art Rooney is still called “The Chief” for his role in creating the team.
Those who have purchased tickets over the years have had a chance to watch some players who have left their mark on the game. Below are a few of the brightest stars:
Bettis, affectionately called “The Bus,” was a powerful, bruising back who looked like he should have been an offensive lineman, not a running back. He was powerful and quick on his feet, though, and he drove the Steelers' running game for years. As noted, the Steelers have typically played a traditional type of football, with an emphasis on defense, and an offense that focused on the power run game was perfect for that identity. Bettis posted 10,571 yards and 78 touchdowns in the 10 years he spent with the Steelers, and he even got a fairytale ending to his career. Steelers tickets sold out in droves so that fans could watch him play in the Super Bowl in Detroit, his home town, and he won the game. It was the last of his career, as he rode off into the sunset as a champion and retired from the NFL. Few players are so fortunate.
Terry Bradshaw was taken as the first overall pick in the 1970 NFL Draft, and he played his entire career with the Steelers, so fans who had Pittsburgh Steelers tickets got to see plenty of highlights over the years. He went to three Pro Bowls and he has since been inducted into the NFL's Hall of Fame. In his 14 years—he was there for all four Super Bowls won in that six-year stretch—he threw for 27,989 yards and 2012 touchdowns. His best years were 1978, in which he threw 28 touchdowns, and 1979, in which he put up 3,724 yards. He retired at the age of 35.
Mean Joe Greene
His nickname tells you almost everything you need to know about Joe Greene. He was one of the most feared defenders, a guy who was known for being as tough as nails and imposing his will on the offense. A crushing defensive tackle, he stood 6’4” and weighed 275 pounds. Football players have gotten bigger over the years, but he was even more of an imposing figure in the '70s. After playing college ball at North Texas, he was taken fourth overall by the Steelers in the 1969 Draft—a year before Bradshaw. Looking at Greene's stats today don't tell the whole story, as some key stats—like sacks—were not even kept at the time. Unofficially, though, he put up 78.5 sacks in 181 games. He also had 16 fumble recoveries. Some have claimed he put up 190 tackles in a single season, a staggering number, though the NFL does not officially have his tackle stats from that era. Regardless, he made it into the Hall of Fame.
For those buying Steelers tickets, some of the best tickets are for divisional games. These rivalries run deep and produce hard-fought battles in almost every season, regardless of standings. The Steelers are in the AFC North, and so their rivals within that division are the Cleveland Browns, the Baltimore Ravens, and the Cincinnati Bengals. The Steelers play two games against each, one home and one away, every season.
There are many memorable moments in Steelers history, which those with Pittsburgh Steelers tickets have been lucky enough to see in person. The biggest is the Immaculate Reception, one of the most famous plays ever.
The play happened in a playoff game where the Steelers were taking on the Oakland Raiders. There was just half a minute left on the clock and the Steelers were losing; a loss would end their season and send the Raiders on to the next round. Bradshaw was under center, and he dropped back and fired a pass in the direction of John Fuqua.
Raiders' defensive back Jack Tatum read the play and jumped the route, reaching for the ball, but it hit him in the hands and bounced away. As it spun toward the turf, taking the hopes of all those fans who had Steelers tickets with it, fullback Franco Harris appeared seemingly out of nowhere. He caught the ball and sprinted in for the winning score.
The Immaculate Reception is controversial, as many have speculated that it should have been an incomplete pass, claiming the ball hit Fuqua or the turf—the way the rules were then, even touching Fuqua would have made it incomplete. It was called a score on the field, though, and it's become a legendary play.
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