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🏈 The Pro Football Hall of Fame official X account announced that as fans visit the PFHOF’s new Pittsburgh Steelers exhibit, a special treat awaits them. Fans visiting “A Legacy Forged In Black & Gold” will receive a Black & Gold Rally Towel. *While supplies last.

Fifty years ago, the Steelers changed their narrative from perennial second-tier team to perennial winner and began to establish the franchise as a model of consistency and stability in the National Football League.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame will celebrate the golden anniversary of the Steelers’ trajectory-altering year with a new, temporary exhibit titled, “A Legacy Forged in Black & Gold.” Scheduled for public opening at 9 a.m. Jan. 20, the multi-area exhibit marks the first time all six of the franchise’s Vince Lombardi Trophies, six Super Bowl rings and the Bronze Busts of 27 individuals who contributed to the success of those who wore the iconic black and gold jerseys will be together under one roof.

“We encourage every fan of the Steelers to see this once-in-a-lifetime collection of items on display and to get their pictures taken with the Lombardi Trophies, Super Bowl rings and Bronze Busts,” the Pro Football Hall of Fame said in a statement.

🏈 Former Steelers cornerback William Gay was named the defensive backs analyst at the University of Texas. Gay, who selected by the Steelers in the fifth round out of Louisville in the 2007 NFL Draft, won a Super Bowl title in his second season after moving into the cornerback rotation. He played 10 out of 11 NFL seasons in Pittsburgh, recording 577 tackles, 13 interceptions, five of which went for touchdowns, and 10 forced fumbles. After Gay’s playing career ended in 2018, he spent a year as a coaching intern for the Steelers in 2019. In 2020, Gay spent a brief period as the defensive backs coach at Missouri State, working for his college head coach Bobby Petrino.

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🏈 Per Mike DeFabo of The Athletic, since Najee Harris entered the NFL in 2021, he’s the most-prolific back in the second-half of seasons, accumulating a league-best 2,116 yards from Week 9 to the end of the season. Meanwhile, Jaylen Warren’s 5.1 yards per carry over his first two seasons makes him the second-most efficient back in the NFL over that span, behind only Detroit’s Jahmyr Gibbs (5.2).

🏈 Steelers wide receiver George Pickens called Mason Rudolph the GOAT on Instagram. Pickens is the second Steelers wide receiver to show support for Rudolph since the season ended. Diontae Johnson said he hopes Rudolph starts next season.

🏈 Former Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown replied on X that if he was the Steelers offensive coordinator, he would want Mason Rudolph as his quarterback and George Pickens would receive 16 targets a game, four in each quarter.

Former NFL executive Upton Bell is shocked that L.C. Greenwood isn’t in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

“One of the great mysteries to me is why is L.C.Greenwood not in The HOF. I saw him in College and with the Steelers. He was as important as Joe Greene,” Bell wrote on X.

🎂 Happy Birthday to former Steelers defensive end Orpheus Roye, born on January 21, 1973 in Miami, Florida. Roye was selected by the Steelers in the sixth round out of Florida State in the 1996 NFL Draft. He played four seasons in Pittsburgh before signing with the Cleveland Browns in 2000. Roye spent eight seasons in Cleveland before re-joining the Steelers in 2008, which ended with a Super Bowl title to conclude his career.

On this day 45 years ago, the Steelers defeated the Dallas Cowboys, 35-31, in Super Bowl XIII at the Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida. Quarterback Terry Bradshaw was named Super Bowl MVP, completing 17 of 30 passes for a then-record 318 yards and four touchdowns in the win. It was the Steelers’ third of four Super Bowl titles in the 1970s.



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