Tales from the Pittsburgh Steelers Sideline: A Collection of the Greatest Steelers Stories Ever Told

Tales from the Pittsburgh Steelers Sideline: A Collection of the Greatest Steelers Stories Ever Told

by Dale Grdnic


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One of the oldest teams in the NFL, the Pittsburgh Steelers have carved one of the most exciting legacies in professional football. Founded as the Pittsburgh Pirates by Art Rooney in 1933 with winnings from a single day at the racetrack, the Steelers spent the next 40 years as the NFL’s “Lovable Losers.” All that changed in the early ’70s, as savvy draft choices and a smashmouth style of play transformed the Steelers into the most dominant team of the decade.

In Tales from the Pittsburgh Steelers Sideline, veteran journalist Dale Grdnic captures the essence of the Steelers teams across the decades. Grdnic highlights many of the squad’s most memorable moments, including Franco Harris’s Immaculate Reception and their eight Super Bowl appearances. He covers the team’s greatest rivalries, including the epic battles with the Oakland Raiders and Dallas Cowboys. And he profiles the memorable players who’ve worn the Black and Gold over the decades, including Byron White, Johnny “Blood” McNally, Terry Bradshaw, Lynn Swann, Mean Joe Greene, Jack Lambert, Jerome Bettis, and “Big Ben” Roethlisberger.

The latest addition to the Tales series, this is a must-have book for any member of Steelers Nation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781613210895
Publisher: Sports Publishing LLC
Publication date: 09/03/2013
Series: Tales from the Team Series
Pages: 248
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Dale Grdnic is a freelance writer who covers Pittsburgh sports and the author of Pittsburgh Steelers Glory Days. For the past fifteen years he has covered the Pittsburgh Steelers, Pittsburgh Penguins, and Pitt Panthers as a beat writer for several newspapers in Pennsylvania. Prior to that, he spent 10 years in Central Pennsylvania covering Penn State sports and area high school sports. He lives in Conway, Pennsylvania.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction x

Chapter 1 The 1930s

The Inimitable Chief 1

A Man Called Blood 7

A Comedy of Errors 10

And Justice For All 12

Chapter 2 The 1940s

New Name, Better Record 17

No. 1 Picks, We Hardly Knew You 20

The Year the Steelers Finally Got It Right 22

The Last of a Dying Breed 24

Nowhere to Go but Up 28

Chapter 3 The 1950s

After the War 32

The Big Four from 1950 35

Better Late Than Never 42

Talent Abounds 43

Another Heisman, Another NFL Bust 48

The One That Got Away 49

Marion Motley 51

A Premium in Picks 52

A Disturbing Trend 60

Chapter 4 The 1960s

The More Things Change, The More They Stay the Same 62

No. 1 with a Bullet 65

An Odd Journey 71

No Player Was Bigger Than the Team 79

Turning the Corner 93

The Emperor's New Team 97

Chapter 5 The 1970s

Heads or Tails? You Make the Call 104

Hey, What About Us? 108

A New Plateau Is Reached 114

Simply the Best 119

More of the Same 126

A Dunn Deal 133

The Team of the Decade States its Case 139

Chapter 6 The 1980s

Hope Fades Fast 142

Great Expectations 144

The Search Continued 157

Chapter 7 The 1990s

Reigning Emperor About to Change 165

Three Teams, 16 Games, Two Seasons, and No Stats 169

You Can Go Home Again 170

Too Much, Too Fast 183

A Square Peg in a Round Hole 187

Chapter 8 The 2000s

Out with the Old … 194

… In with the New 199

A Foundation Is Built 202

Franchise QB Finally Secured 204

Time for a Change 209

Chapter 9 The 2010s

In with a Bang 214

Not in the Cards 217

The Page Turns 219

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
6 SUPER BOWLS? CALL ME CRAZY!!! RAVENS: 2 super bowls: *yawn* boring!