The Steelers: From a Lifelong Fan

L.D. SkarzinskiContributor IApril 10, 2009

TAMPA, FL - FEBRUARY 01:  Players from the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrate with the Vince Lombardi trophy after their 27-23 win against the Arizona Cardinals during Super Bowl XLIII on February 1, 2009 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

As a lifelong Steelers fan it is easy to be on the top of the world. 

Why are they are successful? For many reasons.

They do not frequent the free agent market.  They do not chase agents for deals.  They always seem to push the right buttons when dealing with coaching changes.  No cheerleaders, the same uniforms style as long as I can remember, strong ties to the community, and, need I remind everyone, they have six Lombardi trophies.

I can remember sitting on the couch in our house with my dad and brother, watching the Steelers and Browns from Three Rivers Stadium. 

The broadcast was on NBC and listening to the announcers describe how the game developed, but it was nothing compared to listening to Jack Fleming and Myron Cope on the radio.

It was like you were there sitting on the 50 in the cold, and snow.

I can remember watching Jack Lambert sacking Brian Sipe, and Dave Logan complain to the officials about pass interference on Mel Blount.  Both instances, were ingrained by the rivalry.

The Steelers have always been good, even in the lean years.  It is still worth going to early mass, and getting home in time to watch the Oilers go down to defeat at the hands of the Steel Curtain.

Watching the Immaculate Reception and listening to it describe by Jack Fleming never gets old. 

Knowing that Swann and Stallworth was going to beat single coverage and get open to catch a Bradshaw pass for a first down. 

I hate to say it, but I could watch Jackie Smith drop that touchdown pass over and over.  Not because of Jackie, but because he was a Cowboy and it was the Super Bowl!

The saga of Franco hanging on or the demolition of Three Rivers, the fans have been like the team supportive and knowing that the future is bright.  Six trophies and again an off-season of drafting a offensive lineman for need. 

It is the World Champion Steelers  and it will always be like it was in the 70's—the image of the Chief, stoogie in place, and another piece of history!