Steelers Reach Out to Obama

by John Cihon

Jermoe Bettis and Franco Harris with Barack Obama


As we near Pennsylvania’s primary election, an unprecedented number of former Pittsburgh Steelers, as well as team chairman Dan Rooney, have chosen to endorse Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama.  The two most surprising endorsements come from Jerome Bettis, who donated to George W. Bush’s campaign in 2004, and Dan Rooney, who has largely resisted offering political opinions in public before now.  Other former Steelers Obama supporters include Franco Harris, Dwight “Mad Dog” White, J.T. Thomas, Robin Cole, Larry Brown and Edmund Nelson.   No current Steelers players, possibly due to fear of NFL reprisals, have publicly endorsed Obama or any other candidate.

Obama, for his part, has positively received his Steelers endorsements and noted that the Steelers were his favorite team growing up.  Clearly, reaching out to the Steelers’ large fanbase of blue collar, small town Pennsylvanians would help Obama achieve a crucial victory in Pennsylvania.  The question is, has Obama already alienated the same voters he’s trying to attract with his earlier remarks about small town Pennsylvanians?

We’ll have a better idea as to the answer to that question tomorrow.



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  • David Grenier

    <a href=””>Obama/Bettis 08!</a>

    Get on The Bus!

  • shane

    Why did you have to endorse either Candidate? 
    I have been a Steelers fan since birth and I was appalled to hear Dan Rooney, Jerome Bettis, Franco Harris, Dwight “Mad Dog” White, J.T. Thomas, Robin Cole, Larry Brown and Edmund Nelson, endorse a candidate. 
    It is NOT the candidate that he endorsed, but it is the fact you made your pick public.  Are you any better than Mr. Limbaugh?  We all remember when Mr. Limbaugh made a few political/racial charged comments about Mr. Donavan Mc Nabb. Everyone from announcers to the national media and most important of all, the Fans were appalled by his lack of respect for the game of football.  
    Even thought Mr. Limbaugh is a Huge Steelers fan, as am I, Mr. Limbaugh was wrong to bring his Political view into the game of Football.
    I ask all the former football players and you Mr. Rooney?
    Why are your comments no different then Mr. Limbaugh’s?
    The game of football is the one sacred place where a regular blue collar worker can escape from all of his day to day troubles. Why did you have to cross the line just like Mr. Limbaugh?
    Mr. Rooney, Why did you not respect the game of football? The game of Football has made your family one of the most respected families in the history of the game.
    To all the Former players, why did you have to cross the line, and bring your political view into the game of football.
    Shane D
    Sharon, PA