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Steelers Franchise Born 88 Years Ago Today



Steelers Founder Art Rooney

The Pittsburgh Steelers franchise is celebrating its 88th birthday today.

While Art Rooney Sr. applied to create the franchise on May 19, 1933, it was not until July 8 of that year that the Steelers were officially announced as an addition to the still budding National Football League.

The Pittsburgh Professional Football Club Inc. was born as a result, and all it cost Rooney was $2,500.

Although confusing in retrospect, the first team called themselves the “Pirates” and played their home games at Forbes Field.