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The story goes that Art Rooney Sr. bought the Pittsburgh Steelers franchise with money that he won at the racetrack and established it in the National Football League (NFL) in 1933. The Steelers went through four decades of irrelevance until Charles Henry (Chuck) Noll, a University of Dayton grad and former messenger guard for Paul Brown with the Cleveland Browns, took over as head coach in 1969.

Noll's initial draft choice was future Hall-of-Famer "Mean'' Joe Greene, and with many future Hall-of-Fame draft picks to follow -- including Terry Bradshaw No. 1 and Mel Blount in Round 3 in 1970, Franco Harris No. 1 in 1972 and Lynn Swann in Round 1, Jack Lambert in Round 2, John Stallworth in Round 4 and Mike Webster in Round 5 in 1974 -- the Steelers won four Super Bowls in six years in the 1970s when the club ruled the American Football Conference (AFC) Central Division and were the "Team of the Decade.''

The 1980s weren't so successful for Noll, and Art Rooney Sr. passed the torch to his son, Dan. Noll eventually was replaced in 1992 by Pittsburgh-native William Laird (Bill) Cowher, a former special teams demon with the Philadelphia Eagles and Marty Schottenheimer assistant with the Cleveland Browns and Kansas City Chiefs. Cowher would coach for 15 years with the Steelers, losing to the Dallas Cowboys in Super Bowl XXX after the 1995 season, but winning Super Bowl XL in Detroit following the 2005.

After the 2006 season, Cowher retired from coaching and moved to CBS-TV for game-day analysis. Mike Tomlin, an assistant in Tampa Bay when the Buccaneers won the Super Bowl after the 2002 season and also the Minnesota Vikings defensive coordinator in 2006, was hired and took the Steelers back to the Super Bowl in his second season (2008) where they beat the Arizona Cardinals. The Steelers also made it to the big game following the 2010 campaign, their record-tying eighth appearance, but lost to the Green Bay Packers.

Still, the Steelers, the oldest AFC franchise and fifth-oldest in the NFL, have a record six Super Bowl victories. They currently play in the AFC North Division with the Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns. After playing at Three Rivers Stadium for 30 years, the Steelers moved to Heinz Field, which was built next door to the old stadium on the banks of the Ohio, Monongahela and Allegheny rivers.

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The story goes that Art Rooney Sr. bought the Pittsburgh Steelers franchise with money that he won at the racetrack and established it in the National Football League (NFL) in 1933. The Steelers went through four decades of irrelevance until Charles Henry (Chuck) Noll, a University of Dayton grad...

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