Today marks a special day in Pittsburgh sports history, as the Terrible Towel celebrates its 45th birthday.
Created by legendary sports broadcaster Myron Cope on Dec. 27, 1975, the Terrible Towel has become an icon and the perfect backdrop to some of the biggest moments in Pittsburgh Steelers history.
Since its inception, the Towel has seen five Super Bowls, seven AFC Championships and 20 division titles.
Cope was attempting to excite the fan base ahead of a playoff game when he came up with the idea, imploring fans to bring their yellow dish towels to the game and wave them with pride.
Who was the Steelers’ opponent that day? The Baltimore Colts.
Now 45 years later, the Steelers battle the Colts again with significant playoff implications on the line.
Although they will not be permitted inside Heinz Field this afternoon, the Steeler faithful will still be cheering on their team and waving their Terrible Towels from afar.