Steelers notebook: Team’s 1st Super Bowl winners to be honored
The Steelers will honor their first Super Bowl team at halftime of Sunday’s game against the Saints as part of the team’s alumni weekend.
The 2014 season marks the 40th anniversary of the Steelers’ first title — a 16-6 victory over the Vikings in Super Bowl IX at Tulane Stadium.
The Steelers won three more Super Bowls the next five years.
“You go ‘Wow, 40 years,’ ” running back Rocky Bleier told Steelers.com. “A lot of things have passed in those 40 years. The players that have gone. The Chief (Art Rooney Sr.) is not here, Chuck (Noll) is gone.”
Five starters from Super Bowl IX died, including three members of the Steel Curtain defensive line in Dwight White, Ernie Holmes and L.C. Greenwood. Ten players from the 1974 team have passed.
Super Bowl IX MVP Franco Harris, Lynn Swann, John Stallworth, Mel Blount, Jack Ham and Andy Russell along with other former Steelers are expected to be there. Terry Bradshaw and Jack Lambert — two of the most popular Steelers of the ’70s — will not attend.
“That always creates a big-game atmosphere,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said. “I know our guys will be excited about seeing those guys and having the opportunity to watch those guys be honored.”
The Steelers won the AFC Central in 1974, going 10-3-1 before winning playoff games against the Bills (32-14) and Raiders (24-13).
Saints coach Sean Payton, who grew up in Scranton during the ’70s , said he remembers the Steelers always on TV.
“They had a remarkable stretch run over the years, so we’ve all seen those highlights,” Payton said.
Harris, who rushed 34 times for 158 yards and a 9-yard touchdown in Super Bowl IX, will be the honorary co-captain for the coin toss.