As one of the league’s most popular teams in America, it should come as no surprise to Pittsburgh Steelers fans to learn that this trend is also something of a global phenomenon when it comes to the NFL’s international appeal. With fans clubs across Europe, Asia and South America, Steeler Nation is quite literally everywhere and barring the U.S, perhaps nowhere more so than just across the southern border.
However, despite their overwhelming popularity in Mexico, the Steelers have never been selected to play in one of the regular season games held at the Azteca Stadium, only once ever having played in an exhibition there back in 2000. But for the generations of Mexican fans with Black and Gold blood running through their veins, there is at least an opportunity to connect with the team at their annual fan camps in Mexico City.
The Steelers were back in the city for their eight consecutive year over the weekend, hosted by a number of notable former and current players that included Terrell Edmunds and Bud Dupree as well as past Super Bowl winners such as Rocky Bleier, Donnie Shell, Charlie Batch and Max Starks.
¡No pudimos haber pedido un mejor domingo en México!— Steelers en Español (@acereros) June 24, 2019
Gracias a todos los que nos acompañaron pic.twitter.com/XgNiMqc5pN
Open to fans of all ages, the three-day experience included opportunities to meet with the players for autographs and pictures, and also take part in a series of drills and exercises run by the current and former players in attendance.
And while most of the action was all in good fun.
Day 1 of #SteelersFootballCampMX2019 was a HUGE success. It was great to see SteelersNation representing. Looking for to another amazing day tomorrow.— Charlie Batch (@CharlieBatch16) June 22, 2019
Here are some pictures from the last day of #SteelersFootballCampMX2019. The fans in Mexico clearly showed why the Steelers are the #1 followed team in the NFL. Thank you Mexico City for being such a gracious host. I cant wait to see you all this year at Heinz field. pic.twitter.com/nYvkux3rLx— Charlie Batch (@CharlieBatch16) June 24, 2019
That did not stop Dupree and Edmunds from ramping up the intensity when some of the more mature fans were running the drills.
Edmunds may yet have some upside as a quarterback.
Por segundo día consecutivo en el #SteelersFootballCampMexico2019, #TerrellEdmunds @rell_island6 en la convivencia deportiva con los fans de los @acereros @steelers de todas las edades en @PlazaMundoE #México pic.twitter.com/1tangVdnx5— Steelers Football Camp MX (@SteelersCampMX) June 23, 2019
And given the warm welcome the players received, there is a good chance they will all be volunteering to return next year.
Bienvenido! What a welcome I received in my room at the hotel Fiesta Americana in Mexico City as we kickoff the 8th annual Steeler Fan Fest and Football Camp for the Steeler fans in the area.@acereros @SteelersUnite #SteelersFootballCampMexico2019 pic.twitter.com/qow77224g9— Rocky Bleier (@RockyBleier) June 22, 2019
Although Rocky might want to spend more time doing the meet and greets and less time doing the drills.