The Pittsburgh Steelers were founded in 1933 as a member of the National Football League. They were originally named the Pittsburgh Pirates. In 1940 they changed their name to the Pittsburgh Steelers. After World War II got underway, there was a shortage of players, so for the 1943 season they combined forces with the Philadelphia Eagles and and called themselves the Phil-Pitt Steagles. In 1944 they combined with the Chicago Cardinals to basically do the same thing. In 1945 they changed back to the Pittsburgh Steelers and that is their name to this day.
Throughout their history, the Steelers have called six places home. First they played in Forbes Field from 1933-1963. However when they combined forces with the Eagles they played in Shibe Park in 1943. In 1944 when they combined forces with the Chicago Cardinals they played in the old Comiskey Park. In 1945 they moved back to Forbes Field and called that their main home until 1963. On and off from 1958-1969 they played in Pitt Stadium before moving into Three Rivers Stadium in 1970. They called Three Rivers Stadium home until 2001. In 2002 they moved into Heinz Field which is their home to this day.
The Pittsburgh Steelers are one of the most tradition-rich teams in NFL history. Throughout their history they have won 20 division championships and eight conference championships. Their first conference championship happened in 1947 and their most recent in 2011. They have also won six Super Bowls. The first came in 1974, and the most recent was 2008. The Steelers are known as one of the most stable organizations in American sports and the results show both on the field and in terms of coaching stability as well. Since 1969 the Pittsburgh Steelers have had just three head coaches, Chuck Noll, Bill Cowher, and Mike Tomlin.
The “Steelers way” is well documented and it is a very simple formula- run the ball, play hardnosed defense, and win close tough games. The Steelers have been playing this way since their inception and nobody finds any reason for them to change now. The current version of the Steelers has gotten a little old, and it is time for a rebuild. They did a good job of jumpstarting that process in the draft in May, but they need to continue.
The NFL as a whole is known for having the best rivalries in sports, and the AFC North is one of it’s premiere divisions. The Steelers main rival as of right now are the Baltimore Ravens. The Steelers-Ravens rivalry is considered by many to be the best one going on America as of this moment. When these two get together it is nothing short of a war, and has been called “a game for men only” by many. This rivalry will be renewed on September 11th on Thursday Night Football in Baltimore. The return trip is week none on Sunday Night football in Pittsburgh.
The Steelers have spent the last several years getting younger as a team. They have accomplished just that. The best way to do that is the draft, and the Steelers added some good talent via to the 2016 draft. Where the Steelers needed to specifically get younger is in the defensive secondary.
They accomplished that by drafting Artie Burns, the cornerback from Miami. Continuing with the theme to rebuild the secondary, the Steelers drafted Sean Davis from Maryland with the intent of moving him to safety, where he fits more naturally. In round three, the Steelers drafted Javon Hargrave, a nose guard from South Carolina, who fits their version of the 3-4 zone blitz nicely. Next the Steelers needed an offensive lineman. They selected Jerald Hawkins, an offensive tackle from LSU.