Who has the most rabid fan base in the NFL? Former player Ross Tucker says the debate not even close. In his column this morning for SI.com, Tucker comes out in support of Steeler Nation, which showed up in droves to Sunday's game in Jacksonville.
The Steelers have the most dominant fan base in the National Football League and their ability to consistently travel, en masse, and infest other team's stadiums gives the Steelers a competitive advantage that no other franchise can claim.
My thoughts on NFL fans were confirmed in a recent straw poll of a couple active players who said the Steelers fans far and away do the best job of taking away a home team's advantage. None of the players wanted to state their feelings publicly and disenchant their own fans, and for good reason, but the fact remains there is nothing quite as powerful in the NFL as Steeler Nation.
Secondly, I am well aware that the Packers, Raiders, Cowboys, and Redskins, just to name a few, have great fans that pop up in away stadiums every time their team is on the road. Trust me, it does not compare to Steelers fans. I have played for some of those teams and at home against the others and it is not even close. The Steelers have the best fans in the NFL.
Fans obviously have their own opinions on the matter but we think it's interesting to hear a player's point of view on the topic. Is Ross correct in his assessment?