Pittsburgh Steelers

Founded: 1933
Team Owner: Art Rooney II
Head Coach: Mike Tomlin
Team Icon: Terry Bradshaw
Overall Record: 514-453-13
Fight Songs: Black and Yellow, Steelers Polka, Here We Go, Renegade
NFL Championships: 1974, 1975, 1978, 1979, 2005, 2008
Stadium: Heinz Field (2001–present)
Stadium Capacity: 65,050
City: Pittsburgh, PA
Previous Stadiums: Forbes Field (1933–1963), Shibe Park (1943), Comiskey Park (1944), Pitt Stadium (1958–1969), Three Rivers Stadium (1970–2000)
Website: www.steelers.com
Pittsburgh Steelers

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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