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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Pittsburgh Steelers

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The Pittsburgh Steelers are a professional American football team based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. They are currently a member of the North Division of the American Football Conference (AFC) in the National Football League. Founded in 1933, Pittsburgh has won more Super Bowl titles (6), won more AFC Championship Games (7) and hosted more conference championship games (10) than any other AFC or NFC team. They have played in more AFC conference championship games than any other team and are tied with the Dallas Cowboys with 14 championship game appearances in either the NFC or AFC contests. The Steelers are the current National Football League champions, having won Super Bowl XLIII on February 1, 2009.

The fifth-oldest franchise in the NFL, the Steelers were founded as the Pittsburgh Pirates on July 8, 1933, by Art Rooney. The ownership of the Steelers has remained within the Rooney family since its founding. The current owner is Art's son, Dan Rooney, who has given much control of the franchise to his son Art Rooney II. The team enjoys a fanbase nicknamed Steeler Nation and currently play their home games in Heinz Field on Pittsburgh's North Side, which also hosts the University of Pittsburgh Panthers. Built in 2001, the stadium replaced Three Rivers Stadium which hosted the Steelers for 31 seasons. Prior to Three Rivers, the Steelers had played their games in Pitt Stadium and Forbes Field.

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League/conference affiliations
National Football League (1933–present)

  • Eastern Division (1933–1943; 1945–1949)

  • Western Division (1944)

  • American Conference (1950–1952)

  • Eastern Conference (1953–1969)

    • Century Division (1967–1969)



  • American Football Conference (1970–present)

    • AFC Central (1970–2001)

    • AFC North (2002–present)




Current uniform
AFCN-Uniform-PIT.PNG
Team colorsBlack, gold, white              
MascotSteely McBeam
Team history


  • Pittsburgh Pirates (1933–1939)

  • Pittsburgh Steelers (1940–1942)

  • Phil-Pitt "Steagles" (1943)

  • Card-Pitt (1944)

  • Pittsburgh Steelers (1945–present)


Championships
League championships (6)

  • Super Bowl Championships (6)
    1974 (IX), 1975 (X), 1978 (XIII), 1979 (XIV), 2005 (XL), 2008 (XLIII)


Conference championships (7)

  • AFC: 1974, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1995, 2005, 2008


Division championships (19)

  • AFC Central: 1972, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1983, 1984, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2001

  • AFC North: 2002, 2004, 2007, 2008


Playoff appearances (25)


  • 1947, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1989, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008


Home fields


  • Forbes Field (1933–1963)

  • Pitt Stadium (1958,1963–1969)

  • Three Rivers Stadium (1970–2000)

  • Heinz Field (2001–present)