Steeler Nation: Time to Stand Up and Wave the Terrible Towel

Andrew Pregler@ACPreglerContributor IIISeptember 26, 2011

PITTSBURGH, PA - FEBRUARY 04:  Pittsburgh Penguin fans support the Pittsburgh Steelers during the game with terrible towels against the Buffalo Sabres at the Consol Energy Center on February 4, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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The ESPN “It's not Crazy, It's Sports” commercial series has shown some great fan cultures.

And next they want the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Steeler Nation is a worldwide nation, culture and family bonded by the tradition and values of a small Western PA manufacturing town.

This nation is united through two simple colors, which has inspired top 10 rap hits and classic polkas. Its flag is a simple piece of cloth that is waved week in and week out, hung in houses and carried into battle.

This nation takes pride in the simple fact that for more than 75 years, the football team they support has never wavered in style of play. Their team plays the game of football the way it was meant to be played. Furthermore, this style embodies everything about the people of the nation: tough, determined, unrelenting, successful.

This is a nation who can and will forever be proud of where their team has come: more than 40 years of futility, headlined by poor coaching and missed opportunities only to be forgotten after 30 years of dominance and success thanks to some of the greatest players to ever step foot on a field.

This nation has never wanted media attention; never been crowned "America's Team" or "The Greatest Show on Turf." This is a nation that realizes the silent dignity that is pride and respect. 

This is the time to stand up and change that. This is the time to show the numbers and passion we have for our Stillers. Wave your Terrible Towels and let's show ESPN and the world this is more than sports; this is Steeler Nation.