The Pittsburgh Steelers (founded 1933
and then known as the Pittsburgh Pirates), have an
exciting and tradition-filled history of winning NFL
Championships since the mid-1970s. In the 1970s, led by
quarterback Terry Bradshaw and featuring the famous
defensive line known as the Steel Curtain, the Steelers
won four Superbowls. A Superbowl drought then ensued for
the 1980s and half of the 90s, until the 1995 season,
when, led by quarterback Neil O'Donnell, the Steelers
once again entered the Superbowl, only to lose the
championship to the Dallas Cowboys.
Quarterback Terry Bradshaw
Returning to championship form in
2005, the Steelers, this time led by quartback Ben
Roethlisberger, defeated the Seattle Seahawks. Ben
Roethlisberger and his Steelers battled the NFL
championship again on February 1, 2009 against the
Cardinals, winning 27 to
Two years later, they lost the Super
Bowl to the Green Bay Packers 31 to 25.
The Steelers (then called the entered
the NFL Playoffs for the first time in 1947, when
they tied for first place in their division with the
Philadelphia Eagles; both teams held an 8-4
With their exciting, last-minute
finish over the Arizona Cardinals in Superbowl 43, the
Steelers hold the distincition of winning more Superbowls
than any other team in NFL History.
The Steelers won the AFC North
Division in 2010, and faced the Baltimore Ravens in the
Divisional Playoff game on January 15, 2011. The Steelers
won a tight game, defeating the Ravens 31-24 to go to the
AFC Championship game. The Steelers lost the 45th
Superbowl to the Green Bay Packers by a score of 31 to 25
on Feb. 6, 2011.
In the 205-2016 season, the Steelers
again made the playoffs, and defeated their division
rival Cincinnati Bengals on January 9, 2016 by a score of
18 to 16. The Steelers second opponent in the 2016
playoffs will be the Denver Broncos.