Art Rooney II
Head Coach: Mike Tomlin
Team Icon: Terry Bradshaw
Fight Songs: Black and Yellow, Steelers Polka, Here We Go, Renegade
NFL Championships: 1974, 1975, 1978, 1979, 2005, 2008
Stadium: Heinz Field (2001–present)
Forbes Field (1933–1963), Shibe Park (1943), Comiskey Park (1944), Pitt Stadium (1958–1969), Three Rivers Stadium (1970–2000)
Art Rooney was awarded a pro football franchise in 1933, and named his squad the "Pirates" after the city's baseball team
as was common to do at the time. If you want to talk about mailing in your team name, see this practice of copying the local baseball
team and calling it a day. Really.
By 1939, the team was floundering, so Rooney decided a new nickname would help freshen things up. As was also customary of the time,
he had the local newspaper promote a "name-the-team" contest. Out of the numerous names submitted, Rooney went with the "Steelers" suggested
to honor the city's steel mill heritage. Joe Santoni, a local who worked at Pittsburgh Steel, was one of several fans who submitted "Steelers"
as the team's new moniker. For his suggestion, Joe received a pair of season tickets which he renewed every year until his passing in 2003.
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