Pittsburgh Steelers 80th Anniversary: 80 Years, 80 Memories (Vol. 3)

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Pittsburgh Steelers 80th Anniversary: 80 Years, 80 Memories (Vol. 3)
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Along the hillside overlooking the practice fields of Pittsburgh Steelers training camp in Latrobe, PA lies a huge banner featuring the official logo for the team's 80th anniversary. With today's fine athletes sacrificing blood, sweat and tears to prepare for what promises to be another successful season among the rich annals of Steel City football, the enormous logo is a reminder of the responsibility that lies ahead. 

After all, 2012 is a significant franchise milestone that deserves to be honored in the grandest fashion. The banner says it all, reading "80 Seasons," an enriching eight decades for the many generations of fans who have bonded together in creating "Steelers Country."

In order to truly appreciate the greatness that is the Steelers, one needs to have a proper reverence for the franchise's proud history, starting with the team's humble beginnings and progressing through the wildly successful Super Bowl era.

This series reflects on the memory of each season—every campaign as a unique chapter or memory in its own right—that comprise the wonderful history of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

It's been 80 years since the wonderful man with the inch-thick monocles and never-ending supply of cigars brought football to the 'Burgh, a passage of time that includes:

29,220 days...

701,280 hours...

42,076,800 minutes...

2,524,608,000 seconds...

...and over 33,000 McDonald's restaurants! Just as Art Rooney's original investment has grown by leaps and bounds, restaurant owners Richard and Maurice McDonald created a small food joint seven years later, along 1398 North E Street at West 14th Street in San Bernardino, California. At the time, it was the first and only McDonald's in the world. Needless to say, sometimes from a small seed...a forest grows!

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 the 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 the first two volumes, you can access them below:

Volume 1: 1933, 1955, 1969, 1992 and 2004

Volume 2: 1943, 1964, 1970, 1994 and 2010

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