An estimated 300,000 fans turned downtown Pittsburgh into Sixburgh on Tuesday afternoon as Steeler Nation showed up in mass to celebrate the legendary franchise’s unprecedented sixth Super Bowl championship. Instead of posting a bunch of pictures from the event, I thought I’d share with you some of the best videos of the action, starting with the excellent effort above which is way better than some boring slideshow.
My favorite is the picture of LB James Harrison holding the Lombardi Trophy high for all to see. If I were surrounded by 300,000 screaming maniacs who would love to get a hold of my prize, Silverback is the man I’d want guarding it since I can’t confirm this but I’m pretty sure his wallet has the letters BMF stamped somewhere.
A makeshift stage was erected where Dick Lebeau (who should take Clint Eastwood‘s place in a Gran Torino sequel), Dan Rooney, Skippy Reed, and Mike Tomlin all got a chance to address the huge throng.
ESPN covered the festive atmosphere as the Black and Gold tidal wave hit the city. Ben Roethlisberger, evidently thinking the Igloo was an actual igloo, dressed like an Eskimo while Hines Ward gave a very heartfelt thanks to the fans:
Not everybody conducted themselves with class and dignity. Some behaved like Dallas Cowboys, if they could ever manage to win a playoff game. CB William Gay, used the occasion to quote Lil Wayne lines which weren’t cool three years ago and basically make an ass of himself. You’re a Pittsburgh Steeler, dude. Act like you’ve been there before and will be there again (because you probably will).
Of course, as with any parade, there are some moments which are more memorable than others. S Ryan Clark saying “All we did was smash faces!” was a far better line than last year’s Giants with their “We stomped them out!” nonsense. But for sheer coolness, nothing will ever beat this video:
That’s why Troy Polamalu is awesome.
Take another look at the most memorable moment from the Steeler’s Super Bowl Victory Parade and bask in the glory of being the greatest franchise in the history of the National Football League.
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