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The Steelers were Established in 1933 as the Pittsburgh Pirates. Their original owner was Art Rooney. The Rooney family has owned the Steelers throughout their entire history. The Steelers have won eight AFC Championships. The Steelers have won six Super Bowls (1974, 1975, 1978, 1979, 2005 and 2008). Their six Super Bowl wins are the most of any NFL team. Pittsburgh and Dallas are tied for the most Super Bowl appearances at eight. Pittsburgh has won 20 AFC Central and North Championships and have appeared in 27 playoffs.
Oddly enough, the Steelers had only one post-season appearance until 1972, which was 1947. In that playoff they lost to Philadelphia 21-0. So the mighty Pittsburgh Steelers did not score a playoff point until they were 40 years old. Since then they have made the playoffs 26 times in 40 years and won six Super Bowls.
It all turned around for the Steelers in 1969 when Chuck Noll was hired to be the Head Coach. Noll drafted players such as Mel Blount, Mean Joe Greene, Terry Bradshaw, Jack Ham and Franco Harris, all of them Hall of Famers. In 1974, Noll drafted four Hall of Famers in one draft. Lynn Swann, Jack Lambert, John Stallworth and Mike Webster, along with Noll’s earlier draft picks, made the Steelers into a dynasty.
The Steelers of the 1970s won four Super Bowls in six years, the only team ever to do that. They were the first team to win more than three Super Bowls. In the 1970s, the Steelers made the playoffs eight times, in the ‘80s they went four times, in the ‘90s they went six times, in the ‘00s they went six times and have gone twice in two seasons of the ‘10s.
Pittsburgh has hosted a record 11 AFC Championship Games and has appeared in a record 15 of them. They are the New York Yankees or the Boston Celtics of football.
Here are some of the memorable moments is Steelers history:
1972- The Steelers finished 11-3, won the AFC Central and played their first playoff game since 1947 (second if franchise history) against the Oakland Raiders. Trailing 7-6 with 22 seconds left, Franco Harris caught a deflected pass and ran into the end zone for the game-winning touchdown. The game is forever known as “The Immaculate Reception”.
1974- The Steelers finished 10-3-1 and won the AFC Central. After beating Buffalo and Oakland with elative ease in the AFC Playoffs, the Steelers advanced to their first Super Bowl game against the Minnesota Vikings. The Steelers won a defensive struggle 16-6 to win the franchise’s first NFL Championship.
1975- After taking 42 seasons to win the franchise’s first championship, the second came the very next season. The Steelers went 12-2 and whipped Baltimore in the divisional round of the AFC playoffs 28-10. The Steelers won a hard fought 16-10 game over the Raiders in the AFC Championship Game. In Miami, The Cowboys and Steelers played a close Super Bowl game with the Steelers finally clinching the win with a late interception in the end zone. The final score was 21-17 for their second straight championship.
1976- The Steelers again won the AFC Central, winning their last nine regular season games, five of them shutouts. They then whipped the Colts is the divisional round 40-14 before losing to Oakland in the AFC Championship Game 24-7.
1977- Another AFC Central Championship with a 9-5 record advanced the Steelers to another post season. The Steelers lost to Denver 43-21 in the divisional round.
1978- The Steelers once again won the AFC Central Division. They posted a 12-2 record and easily beat Denver and Houston in the AFC playoffs to advance to the Super Bowl. The Steelers again played the Cowboys in Miami. In a higher scoring affair, the Steelers won 35-31 to win their third Super Bowl, becoming the first team to accomplish the feat.
1979- Another AFC Central Championship with a 12-4 record advanced the Steelers to their eighth straight playoffs. They beat Miami 34-14 to advance to the AFC Championship game where they beat the Oilers 27-13. They faced the Rams in the Super Bowl in Pasadena, a virtual home game for the Rams. Trailing 19-17 after three quarters, the Steelers closed the Rams out with two fourth quarter touchdowns to win 31-19 for their fourth Super Bowl Championship in six years. No team before or since has won four Super Bowls in a six-year stretch.
1982- The Steelers went 6-3 in the strike shortened season for the first time since their last Super Bowl win three years earlier. They lost a heart breaker to San Diego 31-28 in the playoffs first round.
1983- The Steelers win another AFC Central Championship with a 10-6 record in Terry Bradshaw’s final season. The Steelers beat the Jets in the last football game played at Shea Stadium in New York. The Steelers lost to the Raiders 38-10 in the playoffs.
1984- The Steelers won another AFC Central Championship in the first post-Bradshaw season, finishing 9-7. They beat Denver in the divisional round of the playoffs and advanced to the AFC Championship Game against Miami. They lost to the Dolphins 45-28. The Steelers were the only team that year to beat the Super Bowl Champion 49ers, who went 18-1.
1992- The Steelers won their first AFC Central title under Head Coach Bill Cowher. They went 11-5 but lost to Buffalo in the divisional round 24-3.
1993- The Steelers advanced to another post season as a wild card team. They lost in overtime in the wild card round to Joe Montana and the Chiefs 27-24.
1994- With a defense led by Kevin Greene and Greg Lloyd, and a running attack led by Bam Morris and Barry Foster, the Steelers went 12-4 and won the division title once again. After thumping archrival Cleveland 29-9 in the divisional round, the Steelers faced San Diego in the AFC Championship Game. Despite dominating statistically, the Steelers were upset 17-13 as they were stopped on the San Diego 3-yard line to end the game.
1995- The Steelers won another Central Division Championship with an 11-5 record. They beat the Bills in the divisional round 40-21 to advance to another AFC championship Game. They beat the Indianapolis Colts 20-16 when Jim Harbaugh’s “Hail Mary” pass fell incomplete in the end zone as time ran out. The Steelers advanced to the Super Bowl to play Dallas for the third time. This time the Cowboys won over the Steelers 27-17.
1996- The Steelers finished 10-6 and advanced to another post season. They won in the wild card round over the Colts 42-14. This was Jerome Bettis’ first season as he ran for 1400 yards. They lost to the Patriots 28-3 in the divisional round.
1997- The Steelers won another division title. They beat the Patriots 7-6 in the divisional round of the playoffs to advance to another AFC Championship Game. They lost to eventual Super Bowl Champion Denver 24-21.
2001- The Steelers move into their new home stadium and go 13-3. They beat the Ravens 27-10 in the divisional round before advancing to another AFC Championship Game against the Patriots. The Pats won 24-17/
2002- Another division title, this time in the new AFC North advanced the Steelers to the playoffs once again. In the first round, the Steelers beat the archrival Browns 36-33 before losing to Tennessee in the divisional round.
2004- The Steelers followed a 6-10 season with a 15-1 season and another Division Title. After beating the Jets 20-17, the Steelers again advanced to the AFC Championship Game. The Patriots beat the Steelers 41-27 in Ben Roethlisberger’s rookie season.
2005- In Bettis’ last season the Steelers advanced to the playoffs as the #6 seed. The Steelers would have to play all their playoff games on the road. The first game was in Cincinnati. When Carson Palmer went down early in the game with an injury, the Steelers won 31-17.
The next week the Steelers visited the Colts in Indianapolis, the #1 seed. After Jerome Bettis fumbled at the Colts 1 yard line late in the game with the Steelers up 21-18, a Colt defender scooped the ball with only Roethlisberger between him and the game-winning touchdown. Ben made a shoestring tackle to prevent the Colts from a miraculous win. The Steelers then advanced to the AFC Championship Game against Denver. They beat the Broncos 34-17 to advance to another Super Bowl Game. In Bettis’ hometown of Detroit, he would play his last game and go out a Super Bowl Champion when the Steelers beat Seattle 21-10. It was the Steelers fifth Super Bowl Championship. Coach Cowher also retired after the game.
2007- The Steelers won another AFC North title with a 10-6 record. They lost to Jacksonville 31-29 in the Wild Card round of the playoffs.
2008- The Steelers went 12-4 to win yet another AFC North title. In the playoffs the Steelers beat San Diego 35-24 in the divisional round and then beat the Ravens in the AFC Championship Game 23-14. In the Super Bowl in Tampa, the Steelers faced the Arizona Cardinals led by Kurt Warner. With the Cardinals near the Steelers goal line at the end of the first half, James Harrison picked a Warner pass off at the goal line and ran it back 100 yards on the last play of the first half. The touchdown gave Pittsburgh a 17-7 lead. After the Cardinals rallied in the fourth quarter to grab the lead, Roethlisberger hit Santonio Holmes in the closing seconds to give the Steelers a 27-23 win and their sixth Super Bowl Championship.
2010- The Steelers won another AFC North Championship going 12-4 and getting the #2 seed. In the divisional round, the Steelers beat the Ravens 31-24 in the divisional round to advance to another AFC Championship Game. They beat the Jets 24-19, hanging on after jumping out to a 24-0 lead. They would go on to play the Green Bay Packers in the Super Bowl. The Packers won a hard fought game 31-25 but it was a record tying eighth Super Bowl appearance for the Steelers.
2011- The Steelers advanced to another post season, losing to the Broncos in overtime in the wild card round on a Tim Tebow touchdown pass to Demarius Thomas on the first play form scrimmage in the OT.

The Steelers 2014 draft picks include Ryan Shazier LB out of Ohio State 15th overall, Stephon Tuitt DE out of Notre Dame 46th overall, Dri Archer RB out of Kent State 97th overall, Martavis Bryant WR out of Clemson 118th overall, Shaquille Richardson CB out of Arizona 157th overall, Wesley Johnson OT out of Vanderbilt 173rd overall, Jordan Zumwalt LB out of UCLA 192nd overall, Daniel McCullers DT out of Tennessee 215th overall, and Rob Blanchflower TE out of UMass 230th overall.

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