You know, I have always wondered what would happen if the Steelers fell out of prominence. I wasn't born until 1990 so I never had to endure the 80s with Mark Malone and the days of Neil O'Donnell and him gift wrapping the Super Bowl to Larry Brown, and I was too young to remember the days of Kordell Stewart and the Blitzburgh Defense. I first became a Steeler fan around 2003-2004 with our QB being Tommy Gun and when Ben was first drafted, and it wasn't until the 2008 season when I became an absolute manic about everything Steelers and became truly obsessed with football. I have never seen the Steelers have a losing season. Now all of a sudden I am contemplating what it would be like to have a high Draft pick (we are currently facing having a top 5-6 pick in the 2014 NFL Draft).
It is a strange feeling, but I am able to shelve my pride to be able to accept whatever reality the Steelers have to face after this season, whether it be an improbable playoff run or dead last for the first time ever in the AFC North. Personally, if we are to miss the playoffs, I would rather the Steelers be in the Top 5 of the Draft this year rather than be 8-8 and miss out on a chance to fill a key hole with an elite prospect. Whatever happens this season, we certainly have the talent to be a playoff team, and a high Draft pick will only fill whatever holes we have with an exceptional talent, whether it be an OT, WR, ILB, CB, or DE.
Through good and bad, I will be a Steeler fan true and true, just as I have been a Pirates fan all these years. I am not a bandwagoner, nor will I throw my team under the bus after failure. It is only a matter of time before we win the Super Bowl again and I am willing to wait as long as it takes because it will be that much sweeter (take a look at the Pirates this year).
Keep the faith my brothers and sisters. Keep the faith.