To me, the Steelers are much more than the team. The fans and the unwaivering loyalty we show is second to none to any other team in the NFL. I live in the sticks in Indiana & there is a Steeler Bar that I go to on Sunday and cheers of "Here We Go Steelers, Here We Go" have, from time to time, been so loud that you'd swear you were back in Western PA. Also, I can't go a 3 days without seeing a Steeler license plate when driving around town.
For the majority of my 34 years of living, the Steelers have been successful. God forbid there comes a day when the Steelers become accustomed to losing year in and year out. If that ever happens, I hope that Steeler Nation can still exsist as a strong unit. Every year, when I go out to the sportsbar to watch the Steelers, I see fans of other teams that can be described as the current flavor of the NFL & it pi$$e$ me off.
There have been many times when Colts fans give me heck about my loyality to the Steelers. I ask them to prove their allegiance to the Colts and name 2 Colts offensive lineman. After they say Jeff Saturday, they look at me like a deer in headlights. I think it's funny as hell!!!