When did the Pittsburgh Steelers begin?

When did Steelers begin?

The fifth-oldest franchise in the NFL, the Pittsburgh Steelers were founded on July 8, 1933, by Arthur Joseph Rooney.

Originally named the Pittsburgh Pirates, they were a member of the Eastern Division of the 10-team NFL.

The other four current NFL teams in existence at that time were the Chicago (Arizona) Cardinals, Green Bay Packers, Chicago Bears, and New York Giants.

One of the great pioneers of the sports world, Art Rooney passed away on August 25, 1988, following a stroke at the age of 87. “The Chief”, as he was affectionately known, is enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame and is remembered as one of Pittsburgh’s great people

After founding the Pirates in 1933, Art Rooney watched his club struggle through its first seven seasons with just 22 wins and five different head coaches. While home games were played at Forbes Field, Rooney often took his team to such cities as Johnstown, Latrobe, Youngstown, New Orleans and Louisville in the 1930s due to competition with baseball and college football. In 1938, Rooney signed Colorado All-America Byron “Whizzer” White to a $15,800 contract, making White the first “big money” player in the NFL. White led the league in rushing that year and became one of the NFL’s most illustrious alumni. He served 31 years as a Justice of the United States Supreme Court before retiring in 1993. Quoted for accuracy from Steelers Media Guide


Pittsburgh Steelers Media Guide 2017, pp 330-334.


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