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15 Facts About the Pittsburgh Steelers

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The Pittsburgh Steelers are a professional American football team based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

American football, referred to as football in the United States and Canada, and also known as gridiron, is a sport played by two teams of eleven players on a rectangular field with goalposts at each end.

Pennsylvania, officially the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, is a state located in the northern and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States.

Pittsburgh is a city in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in the United States, and is the county seat of Allegheny County.

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The Steelers compete in the National Football League, as a member club of the league's American Football Conference North division.

The National Football League is a professional American football league consisting of 32 teams, divided equally between the National Football Conference and the American Football Conference.

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Founded in 1933, the Steelers are the oldest franchise in the AFC.

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In contrast with their status as perennial also-rans in the pre-merger NFL, where they were the oldest team to never win a league championship, the Steelers of the post-merger era are one of the most successful NFL franchises.

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Pittsburgh has won more Super Bowl titles and hosted more conference championship games than any other NFL team.

The Super Bowl is the annual championship game of the National Football League, the highest level of professional American football in the world.

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The Steelers share the record for most AFC championships with the New England Patriots and the Denver Broncos, and the record for most conference championship games played in with the San Francisco 49ers.

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The Steelers share the record for most Super Bowl appearances with the Patriots, Broncos, and Dallas Cowboys.

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The Steelers lost their most recent championship appearance, Super Bowl XLV, on February 6, 2011.

Super Bowl XLV was an American football game between the American Football Conference champion Pittsburgh Steelers and the National Football Conference champion Green Bay Packers to decide the National Football League champion for the 2010 season.

1975 was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar, the 1975th year of the Common Era and Anno Domini designations, the 975th year of the 2nd millennium, the 75th year of the 20th century, and the 6th year of the 1970s decade.

2005 was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, the 2005th year of the Common Era and Anno Domini designations, the 5th year of the 3rd millennium, the 5th year of the 21st century, and the 6th year of the 2000s decade.

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The Steelers were founded as the Pittsburgh Pirates on July 8, 1933, by Art Rooney, taking its original name from the baseball team of the same name, as was common practice for NFL teams at the time.

Arthur Joseph Rooney Sr., often referred to as "The Chief", was the founding owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers, an American football franchise in the National Football League, from 1933 until his death.

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To distinguish them from the baseball team, local media took to calling the football team the Rooneymen, an unofficial nickname which persisted for decades after the team adopted its current nickname.

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The ownership of the Steelers has remained within the Rooney family since its founding.

The Rooney family is an Irish-American family, which after immigrating from Ireland in the 1840s, established its American roots in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in the 1880s, and is known for its connections to the sports, acting, and political fields.

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The current owner is Art's son, Dan Rooney, who has given much control of the franchise to his son Art Rooney II. Long one of the NFL's flagship teams, the Steelers enjoy a large, widespread fanbase nicknamed Steeler Nation.

Daniel Milton "Dan" Rooney is the former United States Ambassador to Ireland, who served from July 3, 2009 until his resignation in 2012.

Arthur Joseph "Art" Rooney II is president and co-owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League.

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The Steelers currently play their home games at Heinz Field on Pittsburgh's North Side in the North Shore neighborhood, which also hosts the University of Pittsburgh Panthers.

The Pittsburgh Panthers, commonly also referred to as the Pitt Panthers, are the athletic teams representing the University of Pittsburgh, although the term is colloquially used to refer to other aspects of the university such as alumni, faculty, and students.

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Built in 2001, the stadium replaced Three Rivers Stadium which hosted the Steelers for 31 seasons.

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Prior to Three Rivers, the Steelers had played their games in Pitt Stadium and Forbes Field.

Pitt Stadium was a stadium located on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania from 1925 to 1999.

Forbes Field was a baseball park in the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, from 1909 to June 28, 1970.

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