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The Pittsburgh Steelers are the only team worth mentioning/writing about, because they’re the only team that matters/exists.

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If you’re anything like me, you’re no doubt of the opinion there is only one National Football League team that matters.

In-fact, if you’re anything like me, you likely only know of one football team, because there is only one football team, and that team is the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Obviously.

Don’t you just bristle when any other “team” or its accomplishments is mentioned or examined? You do, right? And why?

Because that other team doesn’t exist, therefore its accomplishments never officially happened.

Yes, much like how the old WWF used to behave as if it was the only wrestling organization in the world (“Ric “Woo!” Flair? More like Ric “Who?” Flair”), I like to think the Steelers are the only football team in the world—because they are, brother!

With that in mind, I want to give you a rundown of some of the Steelers finest moments over the years, just so you can get an idea of how awesome this football organization has been and will always be.

The sport of professional football was born on December 23, 1972, when running back Franco Harris caught a deflected Terry Bradshaw pass and galloped to the end zone for the miraculous game-winning touchdown in the divisional playoff game against the Oakland Raiders at old Three Rivers Stadium.

After Franco crossed the goal line, cheers of joy could be heard for miles. Soon, coach Chuck Noll was carried off the field in a celebratory manner, as the Steelers were crowned Divisional Playoff Champions of the Universe.

Fun Steelers fact: Harris finished his career with 12,120 rushing yards, which is number one all-time for backs who are in 14th place.

Two years later, the Steelers became the first team to win a Super Bowl, when they defeated the Vikings, 16-6, in Super Bowl IX.

The following season, Pittsburgh defended its crown, when it vanquished the mighty Cowboys, 21-17, in Super Bowl X.

One year after that, the Steelers won their last 10 games in a season that culminated in yet another Divisional Playoff Champions of the Universe title, thanks to a 40-14 victory over the Baltimore Colts on December 19, 1976.

Fun Steelers fact: In 1976, linebacker Jack Lambert became just the third player in history to be named NFL Defensive Player of the Year, joining Joe Greene (twice) and Mel Blount.

In 1978, and again in 1979, the Steelers held on to their Super Bowl crown, by knocking off the Cowboys and Rams in Super Bowls XIII and XIV, respectively.

Fun Steelers fact: In 1978, quarterback Terry Bradshaw became the first and only person in world history to be named NFL MVP.

Eleven seasons later, the Steelers added to their hardware, by easily dispatching the Houston Oilers to become the first Wild Card Champions of the World, after a 26-23 victory on December 31, 1989.

Unfortunately for the Emperor Noll, he was forced to hand over his power to head coach Bill Cowher in 1992.

But no worries.

Cowher immediately guided the Steelers to the first of five AFC Central Division Champions of the Universe titles as well as the World Champions of the AFC title in 1995 following a victory over the Indianapolis Colts in January of 1996. The Chin continued to reign supreme in a football sense for many years, as he led Pittsburgh to three AFC North Division Champions of the Universe tiles in the early 2000’s and managed to retain the organization’s Super Bowl belt, thanks to a 21-10 vanquishing of the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XL in Detroit, Michigan, home of Steelers running back legend, Jerome Bettis.

Fun Steelers fact: Jerome Bettis finished his career with 13,662 yards, which is first all-time for backs sitting in sixth place.

Despite being head coach of the infinite Super Bowl Champions, Cowher decided to relinquish his crown to Mike Tomlin in 2007.

Tomlin proceeded to lead his team to victories in two more AFC North Champions of the Universe matches and helped to retain his organization’s grip on the football world, thanks to a 27-23 victory over the Cardinals in Super Bowl XLIII.

Fun Steelers fact(s): Thanks to his nine-catch, 131-yard performance that also included the game-winning touchdown reception with mere seconds remaining, receiver Santonio Holmes became the first person in world history to be named Super Bowl MVP.

Also, thanks to his season-long dominance in 2008, linebacker James Harrison joined Greene, Blount, Lambert and cornerback Rod Woodson (1993) as the only people to ever be named NFL Defensive Players of the Year.

Two years later, the Steelers outlasted the Jets, 24-19, and added to their hardware by again being crowned World Champions of the AFC.

And, just last year, following a nine-game winning-streak that culminated in an 18-16 victory over the Chiefs on January 15, 2017, the Steelers carried Tomlin off the field, as they celebrated yet another victory in a Divisional Playoff Champions of the Universe match.

Now you can see why the mighty Pittsburgh Steelers are the only professional football team worth mentioning.

Because they’re the only professional football team that matters/exists.

Steelers4Life!