A Plea To Pittsburgh Steelers Fans

TJ JenkinsAnalyst IDecember 11, 2009

CLEVELAND - DECEMBER 10: A bundled-up fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers looks on from the stands before a game against the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium on December 10, 2009 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Chances are that most of us have seen our Pittsburgh Steelers win at least two of their six Super Bowls. Namely Super Bowl XL and Super Bowl XLIII. 

Only fans of the New England Patriots have seen their team win more this decade.

Going back a decade and the Dallas Cowboys accomplished the same feat as the Patriots, whilst the Denver Broncos matched the two that the Steelers have won this decade. 

We, as a fan base in general are extremely lucky and extremely spoiled. Losing a single game turns into such an uproar that fans of many teams wish nothing more than for us to be stricken from this very earth. 

Can you blame them? 

What gives perennial winners the right to complain about one losing season when there are teams that haven't made the playoffs in years? Our team has won six Super Bowls; hoisted six Lombardi Trophies. 

There are five teams in the NFL who have never made it to that stage. 

They don't care if we don't get there. In fact, they enjoy seeing us fall short of our goals. 

The question I pose to all my fellow Steelers fans is:

Where do you get off writing this team off simply because we don't make the playoffs. Where do you get off saying that the team sucks and calling for the head of the Head Coach?

What kind of fan is that? 

What if every time you lost a little league game your father told you that you sucked, that he hated you? 

A point would come that you wouldn't care what he said. You'd ignore him, hate him even. 

The fickle fans are the father in this story.

Sure we just lost to a rival that we'd beaten twelve straight times. But you've got to be kidding me if you believed that the Cleveland Browns were never going to beat us again. 

We can't win the Super Bowl every year (though I'd be perfectly happy with every other year), the NFL's not set up to be like that. And that's what makes it great.

I've had enough of hearing about how Mike Tomlin can't do his job, about how the Rooney Rule got him a job, about how he inherited Bill Cowher's team. The man won you a Super Bowl last year. He hasn't had a losing season yet but you want him gone?

That's ridiculous. What ever happened to loyalty?

And for those of you predicting a long time Super Bowl drought for the team now, let me ask you this:

Why are you already giving up for next season?

Why are some of our fellow fans crying over one lost season? The Detroit Lions suffered a season in which they could not beat ONE team. A .000 winning percentage. But, we're in the right to complain about a 6-6 season? 

There are numerous teams that would trade places with us in a heartbeat just to say they won six games. 

I'm asking for patience, respect and determination that we'll be back next year.

I'm asking for some loyalty.