The Meaning of Being a Steeler Fan
What it’s like growing up a Pittsburgh Steeler fan.
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What’s the big deal about Steeler football? Being a Steeler fan means so much more than football.
It means being from a corner of the world unlike any other. It means being from a place where the people are so tough-minded that they have survived the Homestead stikes, the Johnstown flood and the Etna floods.
These people have the DNA of hard work, in mills and mines, without the necessaty of complaint.
They live simple, with no frills. They don’t have movie stars or fancy cars.
Instead, they have simple traditions like kaelbasa and Kennywood.
They live in distinctive neighborhoods like Polish Hill and the Hill district and all of the surrounding counties.
These people are gunuine.
The don’t have internet cafes or cappuccinos, but they have the Original Hot Dog, Eat n’ Park and Iron City Beer.
People from Pittsburghdon’t have sunny beaches or fancy boats, but the rivers roll gently, connectingsmall towns of peoplewhose histories have been build on strength and humility.
People from Pittsburgh don’t have the biggest shopping malls or the best nightclubs, but they”ll take Friday night high school football and Steeler Sunday over anything.
Steeler football means so much more than you think. It symbolizes a diaspora of generations who had the best childhood they could imagine.
They ran free without a care or concern in the valleys of those Allegheny Mountains. Their blue-coller world was easy…there was no one to tell them that they lacked material things. There was no one to tell them that they needed more.
As the steel mills closed and the jobs disappeared, some of these people had to leave. While the world benefites because they spread their Pittsburgh values, they long for their home where things were simpler and more pure.
They teach their kids about Jack Lambert and Joe Green in hops of departing not just knowledge, but the feeling that they represented.
Those Terrible Towels, they are everywhere. They wave, not just for the team, but for the hearts they left behind. They wave in living rooms in Fort Lauderdale and in the bars of D.C. They wave all the way to Seattle. They wave for the Rooney family, whose values mirror our own loyalty, grit and humility.
Make no mistake about it, Steeler football is not just about football.
I could not be prouder to be from the Pittsburgh area then I am right now. Even if you no longer live in the area, you have South Western Pennsylvania in your blood no matter where you go. Deep down in your heart, you can still hear the Super Bowls of times past, the excitement in eveyone’s voices, especially our fathers, cousins and anyone else who gathered arount the TV on Football Sundays. It’s just as exciting right now, if not more. It’s not just about the rivalries and who is better than the other, it’s about family, tradition and roots. It’s more than football, but its’s football at its finest. If you live in Colorado, Indiana, Chicago, Florida, Iowa or Texas, be proud of where you were born and who your first football team was.