ESPN.com has an article up on its site which tries to prove that the Pittsburgh Steelers are really America’s Team. Years ago the Dallas Cowboys tried to give themselves that name but now this columnist on ESPN.com, Chad Millman is trying to give that name to the Steelers.
I’ve run into Steelers fans in the area who come in and start throwing the Super Bowl titles and their reputation around and it’s very difficult to argue with them, since we have no rings and no titles.
The ESPN writer cites the fact that Troy Polamalu’s jersey is the number one seller in the nation. Normally a quarterback, or running back or wide receiver leads the way in jersey sales but Polamalu is a defensive player who leads the way.
He also cites the fact that the Steelers are the team with the highest number of Hall of Fame inductees in the modern era.
They play old-fashioned hard nose, blue collar football. They make no apologies and they offer no mercy to their opponents. Steeler football is based on running the football, playing a physical brand of defense and find ways to win. They believe in toughness and they look for tough players.
Hall of Fame Steeler’s coach Chuck Noll used to let Steelers fans from around the Pittsburgh area come to practice and see the team workout. He felt the team was partly-owned by the fans.
They own six Super Bowl titles and now they’re going for number seven.
What do you think? Are the Steelers really American’s Team.
On another note: The Steelers need to write a letter to ESPN and demand that they take the article down. This article is going to paint a big bright bullseye on them from now on. I know they can protect themselves but there’s no use in provoking the rest of the league.