It has truly been an emotional year for the Pittsburgh Steelers and their fans who saw three feet be the difference between an early off-season and an improbable run to make the playoffs. We fans are quick to judge and slow to forgive, but the Steelers are are unique organization and they are deserving of our respect.
The Steelers opened up the season loosing offensive and defensive generals Maurkice Pouncy and Larry Foote in week 1. Yet the Steelers never quit. They went 0 and 4 with loses to the Titans and and a Matt Castle lead Vikings, Yet the Steelers never quit. They improved and went 2 and 2 during weeks 6 through 9 with the 1,000,000th permutation of the offensive line and a horrific loss to the Raiders. Sitting at 2 and 6, the Steelers never quit. A 3 and 2 record during weeks 10 though 15 showed steady improvement with 28.6 points per game. We witnessed the Tomlin two-step and cried when a tip toe was the difference between winning and loosing against the Dolphins. Yet the Steelers never quit. With three games to go, the Steelers continued to claw and scrape. We watched the evolution and maturation of the offense under Ben and Haley with unknown linemen, we saw inexperienced defenders making plays and Troy step out of the fountain of youth and it was clear.... The Steelers would never quit.
Regardless of the "what could have been's" and questionable calls of the ref's, we watched the Steelers change from a 2 and 6 team in the first 8 games to a 6 and 2 team in the final 8 games, when they had every reason to fold. They finished the race and fought the good fight, put themselves in a position to make the playoffs and have every reason to hold their heads high. We who support our team should be proud to wear the Black and Gold and salute the Pittsburgh Steelers, who despite insurmountable odds...NEVER QUIT!