Ah Mother’s Day. A day to celebrate the women who brought us into the world. For some, it is a day of remembrance. For others, it is a chance to pick up the phone and call, or visit, their mom and thank them in person for all they’ve done for them.
During the 5 years I have been the captain of his ship, I have seen, and read, how many mothers were the ones who brought their children up donning the black-and-gold. Maybe your mother didn’t have a hand in your becoming a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers, but we all can understand the role they played in our lives.
As for me, my mother wasn’t the die hard fan who got me involved with the Steelers, that was my father. But she was the one who had to put up with me spouting statistics about Barry Foster in 1994, how Neil O’Donnell was clearly paid off in Super Bowl XXX and even how the dog bite rumors surrounding Ben Roethlisberger in 2004 were nothing but rumors.
She always listened, then told me to get back to my work. On occasion, I would get the, “If you only put your mind towards something valuable.” comment, but that wasn’t that often.
My mom has become a fan of the site, a viewer of our podcasts and I feel she has become a more Steelers fan because of that. None of it would have happened if she didn’t tolerate me as an adolescent who was obsessed with all things Pittsburgh.
Now to another very important mother in my life, my wife. While my own mother put up with me as a kid, my wife has to put up with me as an adult. She is the perfect counterbalance to me, and raising our 5 children. She puts up with NFL Draft weekend, the regular season and night games when I don’t get to bed till almost 2 a.m.
There was a time when she would roll her eyes when I said I had to go write an article, but now she understands it is all part of the job. She puts up with all of it, and more often than not puts my job ahead of her wants/needs.
For that, and so much more, I am forever grateful.
I give the fans reading this the comment section below to tell tales of their own mothers, whether they are related to the Pittsburgh Steelers or not, and celebrate them any way you can.
Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there!