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Like any well-organized republic, Steeler Nation has several smaller groups built into it. This began in the 1970s with groups of fans devoted to a specific player. The names now are legendary. Here’s a few of the more well-known ones.
Franco’s Italian Army
Devoted to former Pittsburgh running back Franco Harris, these devoted fans showed up to games in full military garb complete with helmets and ranks. Their membership included singing great Frank Sinatra. I’d defy another team to bring that to the table.
Translated from Hungarian, that means “Good Ham” and was both the nickname for and fan club devoted to Pittsburgh linebacker Jack Ham. The phrase was also a cheer echoed whenever Ham made a good play.
How many NFL fans support their kicker with his own fan club? The Steelers had a club in the 1970s devoted to kicker Roy Gerela. If you can find me another fan club for a kicker, I’d be shocked. The only modern day guy that comes to mind might be Adam Vinatieri, but I’ve never heard of a fan club.