Relevance Restored in Pittsburgh / by Maxwell Young

For 12 out of the 19 years I’ve been on this planet, the Pittsburgh Steelers have participated in the playoffs.

I’ve watched my team play in three Super Bowls.  We won two.

Not to mention, we own the most Lombardi Trophies with six all-time.

Those towels you all wave at sporting events?  They originated in Pittsburgh with the world renowned Terrible Towel during the 1970’s Steelers dynasty.

There are over 700 Steelers bars around the world.  Our fans are everywhere and we won’t let you forget it.

To those of you whom are unfamiliar with Steeler Football and Steeler Nation, we’re back.

Growing up in Pittsburgh, being a Steelers fan is innate.  The pride we exhibit for our hometown team is an extension of the pride we have for our beloved city.   Built on the blue-collar beginnings of an industrial steel town, we are tough and we are gritty and we seem to always find a way to succeed.

The last time Pittsburgh caught the playoff fever, however, was in 2011 when polarizing quarterback, Tim Tebow, led a young Denver Broncos squad down the field on an overtime winning drive.  We would have to go even further back to the 2010 season for the last time the Steelers were victorious in a playoff game and played at home.  Whether us fans like to admit it, this Steelers team has been under construction acquiring collegiate standouts and hidden gems alike in the NFL drafts, as well as fine tuning our offensive and defensive schemes.  Last night’s hard-fought victory against our AFC North rival, Cincinnati Bengals, was the culmination of an adverse journey, but once again Steeler Nation finds itself champions of the division for the twenty-first time with a home playoff game next week.  Long-term historic success and rich tradition coupled with a stellar offense and budding defense led by ex-retiree, James Harrison, has the Steelers on the cusp of a deep playoff run. 

Beyond the outstanding, all-pro type performances from Le’veon Bell, Antonio Brown, and Ben Roethlisberger, a palpable energy has been brewing among the Steelers faithful.  Perhaps the unfortunate death of NFL legend and former Steelers head coach, Chuck Noll, or the 75th anniversary of Super Bowl XIII where the Steelers defeated the Dallas Cowboys, or even the unrest and frustration of being irrelevant the past several years is cause for the steady momentum the Steelers have gained each week.  Whatever the case may be, it’s playoff time in Pittsburgh and InTheRough has provided you with the visual Goods of what that atmosphere in the Steel City feels like.  Enjoy the visuals from yesterday's Sunday Night Football below, and be sure to keep a watchful eye out for all the teams during the 2014 playoffs, as it is infused with some of the NFL’s greatest franchises as well as its newest superstars.