Few people in the NFL embody hard work and determination like Hines Ward. The man shows up every day and takes his shots with a smile.
The entire Steelers organization has learned from Ward how to work hard. The Steelers do what they know they need to do to win. They don't care about individual achievements and statistics, they only care if the won or lost the game.
Most teams would get frustrated after a few three-and-out performances and might lose the game due to their mind set. The Steelers are a team content to go three plays, nine yards, and punt.
They will repeat this formula until in scoring range and win the game by sticking it out in the trenches.
Many teams expect to be flashy and move the ball with ease. When they face a great defense like the one in Pittsburgh, it upsets their mind set. When that happens a team is the most vulnerable.
They are more likely to make mistakes. They have less of a chance of putting the hard work needed to win. Pittsburgh cannot be said to be one of these teams.
Perhaps most important in this category is the fact that the Steelers take responsibility for themselves. When a team loses, you will hear their players and coaches sound upset and start to talk on and on and try and cover up for their mistakes.
The Steelers, however, know why they lose when they do, because the other team played better. More importantly, they are willing to admit when a team out-plays them.
You will never hear a Pittsburgh Steeler make excuses for their losses.