The Pittsburgh Steelers are one of the most prolific teams in the NFL with a long tradition of success, Super Bowl meriting seasons, and having 20 players in franchise history inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, including: Joe Greene, Terry Bradshaw, Lynn Swann, Rod Woodson, and most recently, Jack Butler and Dermontti Dawson, elected in 2012. A team with such a strong legacy that has always maintained a Super Bowl pedigree, has rarely left fans frustrated or unfulfilled. That is, until now. The Steelers have begun their 2013 season with the worst record they’ve had since 1968. A 0-4 start is uncharacteristic of a team that has made eight Super Bowl appearances, winning 6 of those games as title champions. Their most recent win was achieved in not-so-distant 2009, with the defeat of the Arizona Cardinals that gave quarterback Ben Roethlisberger his second SB ring, and made Mike Tomlin the youngest head coach (at age 36) to win a Super Bowl.
In their 2011 season, Pittsburgh was just knocked out in Wild Card Weekend by Tim Tebow (another 2013 anomaly) and the Denver Broncos, so the Steelers and their fans were unquestionably eager to get back out on the field and claim the spot that was unceremoniously snatched out of their hands in overtime. But in 2012, the Steelers did not come nearly as close as they did the year before, when they failed to reach postseason for the first time since their 2009 Super Bowl win. The Steelers finished just at the .500 mark, with a record of 8-8 in their first non-winning season since 2006. Still, Pittsburgh Steelers tickets for the 2012 season were considerably higher than their present tickets; seats averaged $295 for home games, compared to this season’s $233.
Now in the Steeler’s 81st season as members of the National Football League, and 7th year under head coach Mike Tomlin, Pittsburgh’s Super Bowl history is coming into question, as the boys in black and gold seem to be faltering every step of the way. But with the season a quarter way through, and twelve games left to play, the Steelers may yet dig themselves out of their winless hole. Respected and seasoned quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, is the backbone of the team, yet is aging and injury prone. Roethlisberger suffered the worst injury of his career last November against Kansas City, when he was sidelined by a shoulder and potentially fatal rib injury. Big Ben is currently suffering a minor finger injury; in fact, Roethlisberger has only made it through two out of the last nine seasons without an injury that limited his playing time. And now, the usually cheery and optimistic QB, is finally showing palpably blunt signs of dismay, quoted “you could call us the worst team in the league” after their loss to Minnesota last Sunday. Read more ›