With six Super Bowl trophies in their trophy case, the Pittsburgh Steelers have a solid claim at being one of the best pro football franchises ever. The Steelers have not always experienced this type of success though as there was an extended period of subpar play that began when they first took the field as the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1933, and extended up until the 1970s. The mid-1970s Steelers made quite an impact though, winning four Super Bowls in a span of six years. Since that time, the Steelers have been a team that all other NFL squads have had to take seriously. Here are five things you probably don't know about the Pittsburgh Steelers.
1. The first wide receiver to win the Super Bowl MVP Award was the Pittsburgh Steelers' Lynn Swann.
2. Steelers quarterback and Hall of Famer Terry Bradshaw's last touchdown pass of his career came against the New York Jets in a 1983 road game. This would be the last NFL touchdown pass completed in New York City as the Jets would begin playing their home games in New Jersey the very next year.
3. Only 49ers great Steve Young has more career rushing touchdows as a quarterback than former Steelers quarterback Kordell Stewart.
4. Mike Webster was the longtime center for the Pittsburgh Steelers, eventually earning enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He also has the distinction of being named the starting center on both the 1970s NFL All Decade Team as well as the 1980s NFL All Decade Team.
5. In the entire history of the Pittsburgh Steelers, dating back to 1933, the team has only posted one winless season. That year of no victories came in 1943 when because of worker shortages related to World War II they had combined their roster with the Chicago Cardinals and gone 0-10.
The Steelers have had a long and colorful history in the National Football League, they have finished on both the top and bottom of the league standings. The team has also had some great players over the years including Elbie Nickel, Ernie Stautner, Andy Russell, Jack Butler, Terry Bradshaw, Jerome Bettis, Mean Joe Greene, L.C. Greenwood, Rocky Bleier, Bennie Cunningham, Dwight White, Jack Ham, Jack Lambert, Franco Harris, John Stallworth, Lynn Swann, Hines Ward, Joey Porter, Mel Blount, Greg Lloyd, Ben Roethlisberger, Larry Brown, Mike Webster, Donnie Shell, Rod Woodson and Troy Polamalu, and Gary Anderson. Without a doubt, the Steelers will go on being one of the more important franchises in the NFL for many years to come.
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