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Old 12-26-2009, 08:18 AM   #1
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Default It's been quite a Steelers decade

It's been quite a Steelers decade
By: Mike Bires
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Thursday December 24, 2009 04:26 PM

Times photo by LUCY SCHALY Hines Ward scores a touchdown.

Two weeks ago while most citizens of the Steeler Nation agonized over a fifth straight defeat, I received an interesting e-mail that put things in perspective.

Dave from Sewickley put together a list of all the reasons why faithful followers of the Black & Gold shouldn’t fret much if the 2009 Steelers don’t make the playoffs.

“It is seasons like this that makes all those wins, all those playoff years and all those championships so very special and so precious to us,” Dave explained.

He’s right.

No franchise displays as many Vince Lombardi trophies at their headquarters as the Steelers. With six Super Bowl wins, no one can argue that the Steelers aren’t the NFL’s best franchise of the Super Bowl era.

And a significant part of the Steelers’ celebrity is what has transpired over the past 10 years.

It’s been a wonderful decade of football. It’s the second-best decade of football since the franchise was founded in 1933, taking only a backseat to those Steel Curtain dynasty teams of the 1970s.

Think about the outstanding players over the past 10 years. There’s no doubt Jerome Bettis and Alan Faneca will be in the Hall of Fame. Ben Roethlisberger, Hines Ward and Troy Polamalu could also make it into Canton someday.

We’ve seen the great tradition of linebackers continue with the likes of Jason Gildon, the Steelers’ all-time sack leader, and Joey Porter, James Farrior and James Harrison.

We’ve witnessed Willie Parker’s amazing success story as he transformed himself from an undrafted rookie to a three-time 1,000-yard rusher and the record holder for the longest touchdown run in Super Bowl history.

Bill Cowher, who quit after the 2006 season, ranks 14th among all NFL coaches in career wins. Two years later, Mike Tomlin became the youngest coach to win a Super Bowl.
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There’s been a 15-1 regular season (2004), four appearances in the AFC Championship Game and two Super Bowl wins.

In this decade (not including this season), only the Patriots (102), and the Colts (101) have more regular-season wins than the Steelers (94). The Steelers are one of three teams to win five division titles since 2000. Only the Patriots have more with six.

The only teams this decade with multiple Super Bowl wins are the Patriots (three) and Steelers.

Also included among the memorable moments this decade was the implosion of Three Rivers Stadium, the site of so many historic moments in franchise history, and the opening of Heinz Field.

Since 2000, the Steelers are 56-22-1 at home in regular-season games. With a winning percentage of .718, they’ve obviously kept the home fans entertained.

That surely was the case last Sunday in arguably the most exciting football game ever played in Pittsburgh. In that 37-36 thriller over the Packers, Roethlisberger capped his historic 503-yard performance with a 19-yard TD pass as time expired. It was a gem, a game for the ages.

This coming Sunday, the Steelers play their last home game of this decade. It’s a blockbuster featuring a 7-7 Pittsburgh team taking on 8-6 Baltimore in the latest renewal of arguably the NFL’s fiercest rivalry.

If the Steelers win, their slim playoff hopes live on. If they lose, they’re done.

But regardless of what happens, Steelers fans shouldn’t complain.

As Dave suggested in his e-mail, it’s been a magnificent decade of Steelers football.

Mike Bires can be reached online at mbires@timesonline.com
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Old 12-26-2009, 05:44 PM   #2
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i second that, its been one helluva decade for us and even if we dont make it this year, im still glad imma steelers fan and not any other team, imagine if all of us on here were browns or bungles fans and had NO super bowl wins and 2 appearances between them-both belonging to cincy in the 80s, of course losing both to the same team...i cant wait to watch the bungles fall out of the playoffs on the 1st weekend, i hope we get in and kill their season once again, hey we dont have to worry about chris henry anymore, he always had good games against us lol...and dont bitch cuz i said somethin about a dead guy, u all feel the same even if u dont wanna admit it, still...r.i.p. chris henry
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Ive been alive for my first decade.....I feel old.....where does the time go?
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