The Pittsburgh Steelers are a National Football League franchise team based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. They are part of the American Football Conference (AFC) and play in the AFC North Division. Originally called the Pittsburgh Pirates (the same as the baseball team), they took their present name in 1940.
The Steelers won the Super Bowl XLIII on February 1, 2009. They have now six titles (tied with New England for the most Super Bowl wins) in seven appearances. Santonio Holmes was considered the MVP (Most Valuable Player). However, during World War II, due to a lack of available players, they were temporarily merged with other teams: in 1943 with the Philadelphia Eagles to form the "Phil-Pitt Eagles" (more popularly called the "Steagles") and the following year with the then Chicago Cardinals to form "Card-Pitt" (mockingly called the "Carpets", fitting for a combined team finishing 0-10, the franchise's only winless season).
Dan Rooney, the owner of the Steelers, was named the U.S. Ambassador to Ireland on July 1, 2009  The Rooney family also instituted the NFL's "Rooney Rule", which requires for any head coach or senior operations manager vacancy that one ethnic minority person must be interviewed (it does not require actual hiring, and thus is often ignored by teams who interview a "token" candidate having already decided who will be hired).
|Pittsburgh Steelers Roster|
Rookies in italics
AFC North teams