Pittsburgh Steelers 80th Anniversary: 80 Years, 80 Memories (Vol. 2)

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Pittsburgh Steelers 80th Anniversary: 80 Years, 80 Memories (Vol. 2)
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The 2012 Pittsburgh Steelers season marks the 80th anniversary for a team that has entertained its fans throughout, forging a relationship with them that is stronger than steel and utterly surreal.

While the early years were tough goings, earning Art "The Chief" Rooney an early moniker of "Lovable Loser," the second half of the Black and Gold chronology has featured among the greatest modern teams in the game.  Pittsburgh became Six-burgh, the land where the only thing more consistent than the violently torquing twists of Terrible Towels is the tenacity of a perennially great team.

From good to bad (or black to gold), looking back on eight decades of the Steelers honors the rich tradition that has been established, reverently recalling each season—each a unique chapter or memory in its own right—that has blessed fans' live from the confluence of the three rivers.

It's been 80 years of a bond thicker than blood, and Steeler Nation has jubilantly backed the Rooney express not just in terms of years, but also for...

29,220 days...

701,280 hours...

42,076,800 minutes...

2,524,608,000 seconds...

...and 20 different presidential elections!  Indeed, just like this season, Pittsburgh football is a nice distraction from the autumn politics of an election year in Washington, D.C.  Truly, muddy fields beat mud-slinging any day!

Throughout the 2012 season, this series will take a look back at every season of Steelers football—from 1933 to 2012 (in no particular order), each of 16 volumes showcasing five seasons from the rich tradition until every campaign has been remembered!  Honoring the team's 80th anniversary, we will be looking back at the key memories that defined every year, whether a single play, a remarkable player, a legendary game or a timeless theme. 

After honoring all 79 past seasons of Steelers football, the series will culminate with an inside look at the one chapter that has yet to reveal itself: the upcoming 2012 campaign!

If you missed Volume 1 (1933, 1955, 1969, 1992, 2004), you can check it out here!

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