Steelers fans have a veritable championship scrapbook in their "cranium" (miss you, Myron!). Their memories are as blessed as the franchise's modern history, filled with grandiose images of Super Bowl triumphs.
Likewise, for those reflective fans who enjoy the history of the team as much as the games themselves, there have been a couple of championship heartbreaks. While pride lingers in the hearts of those who bleed Black and Gold, the black cells of the blood that flows through their veins gets a little extra blue after the defeats. Indeed, their insides are bruised, but the journey during those campaigns also leaves the faithful with warm memories in spades!
With any luck, 2011 will mark a return to the NFL's ultimate contest, ending on a much more positive note for Steelers Nation.
Seasoned Steelers veterans lucky enough to proudly observe them in the 1970's recall the first time that silver beauty landed in Art Rooney's hand, a polished base with a shimmering football atop of it- engraved with the name "Lombardi." That same generation remembers Jack Lambert throwing Cliff Harris to the ground after taunting kicker Roy Gerela, glowing on the recollection of a momentous fourth quarter and second crown.
For the Cowboys, beating them once was so nice the Steelers beat them twice. This third championship was followed by the "Blonde Bomber's" beautiful spirals over the top of defenders and into the arms of John Stallworth in Super Bowl XIV.
Today's newest fans, a generation of young men and women who will carry the Steelers Nation deep into the century, also know of success. Their warm, fuzzy reflections include a perfect pass from Randle El to Hines Ward and a legendary catch by Santonio Holmes.
And naturally, they know of Super defeat.
For all Steelers fans, older or younger, each season marks an opportunity to build on a great tradition, building memories that warm the soul for decades to come.
Here are 10 reasons to believe that 2012 will be the next section of a very full album. Indeed, expectations are deservedly high in the Steel City, as fans hope see the Steelers return to the big game and come home with the NFL's finest prize!