Pittsburgh Steelers Giveaway: What Is Your Best Memory of the Steelers?

ROY BLOUNT

It’s been a tough season, Steeler Nation.  ‘So close yet so far away’ encapsulates the kind of season we’ve had to endure in 2013.  Before we get all caught up in the finger pointing and digging through the draft sheets of who the Steelers nab to help right the ship, let us take a moment to reflect upon the glory days.  NPC is teaming up with Open Road Integrated Media for a giveaway to our loyal readers.

Open Road Integrated Media has given us iTunes codes that will allow a free download of Roy Blount’s new ebook “About Three Bricks Shy of a Load: A Highly Irregular Lowdown on the Year the Pittsburgh Steelers Were Super but Missed the Bowl.”  It’s a pretty great read, and is one to put on your digital shelf for years.

OPEN ROAD INTEGRATED MEDIA BOOK COVERBlount’s book is an acclaimed account (it was named one of the Top 100 Sports Books of All Time by Sports Illustrated) of the 1973 Pittsburgh Steelers—a team on the cusp of once-in-a-generation greatness. Interspersed with vivid depictions of players like Terry Bradshaw, “Mean” Joe Greene, and Ernie “Fats” Holmes, as well as the team owners, the Rooney clan, About Three Bricks Shy of a Load harks back to a bygone era when offensive linemen could weigh about the same as the backs they blocked for, when the highest-paying team’s highest-paid player—Bradshaw—made $400,000, and when one team was able to win four Super Bowls in six years—a feat that remains unrivaled today (and double the number of times the Ravens have ever won the Super Bowl).  This is the story of building a franchise the right way. The working class way in a working class town. The Steelers way. The New Yorker called it “the best of all books about pro football.

How will this contest work?  Simple.  Just leave your favorite moment of the Steelers – either your own moment as a fan or of the Steelers themselves – in the comments section.  Three (3) winners will be drawn at random and notified on January 5th.  The contest will close on the 4th, so be sure to get those favorite moments in the comments section before then.  Good luck everyone, and we are excited to read all the many great memories throughout Steeler Nation!

 

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  • Stanley Turner

    Born and raised here inMemphis, Tennessee in the seventies you were either a Steeler fan or a cowboy fan. I was drawn to the Steelers and been hooked ever since. I especially liked the hard nosed, no non-sense defense. Hard hat & bring your own lunch style, grit and dogged determination, made my heart pump black & yellow! No. 58 Jack Lambert is still one of my all time favorite players. He wasn’t the biggest or fastest guy out there, but he was the nastiest, meanest, man out there. People feared him and his “charming” smile. I watched tapes of the Steelers in the 1970s and the more I saw the more my heart grew to love Lambert and crew.

    • Craig

      Steeler Nation always reaches far and wide! Thanks and good luck!

    • Craig

      Congrats Stanley! Please check your Twitter account and be sure to follow NPC. Direct message me your email, and I’ll send you the code!

      • Stanley Turner

        Thank you Craig, I am honored! I have done as you instructed.

  • Kevin Buckland

    I remember when Jerry Lewis was having his annual Easter seals charity and the Steelers had, Hamm, Lambert, Greenwood,and Greene on the show and they were suppose to sign autographs for two hours at a local mall. The mall was wrapped around three times. They stayed for almost 12 hours signing autographs until everyone had theirs. I stood there for six hours myself and was seven. They really impressed me. Not to many famous athletes would stay now if they didn’t get paid for the other 10 hours. Hats off to a great football team and a great Rooney family.

    • Craig

      Those dudes were the real deal in every way. Thanks for sharing and good luck!

    • Craig

      Congrats Kevin! Please check your Facebook messages. I’ve messaged you the iTunes code as well as the terms. Be sure to check the ‘other’ tab in your messages. It should be there. Thanks.

  • Tad Taylor

    When I was a kid, I subscribed to a paper called the Pittsburgh Steelers Weekly. As a thank you for subscribing I received a Steelers Media Guide. In it were the phone numbers of the hotels the team stayed in while on the road. During the preseason of Bradshaw’s last year, for some unknown reason they played Cleveland during preseason. My mom, a good friend of mine and I decided to call person-to-person for Terry Bradshaw the night before the game. Amazingly, he answered the phone. He spent probably 10-15 minutes talking with us. He told us he was playing cards with some teammates. I could just imagine all my heroes sitting around a table together. What a great memory he gave a 15 year old kid. I’m 47 now, but it still brings a smile to my face thinking about that conversation all those years ago.

    • Craig

      Wow, what a great moment, Tad. Thanks for sharing and good luck!

  • Christopher Corizzo

    During the 2008 season, i was deployed to Iraq. The only television available to us where I was stationed was AFN sports, which, luckily for me played the entire playoffs into early 2009. I was thrilled beyond words to know that i would be able to watch the Super Bowl XLIII from Camp Taji, Iraq I woke up at around 0230 local time (Iraq), and watched the entire game! The two things from the game I remember most: James Harrison’s 99 yard interception return, and Santonio Holmes’ miracle catch in the endzone.

    • Craig

      Great story Christopher. Thank you for your service to this country, and I’m glad you got to watch that awesome Super Bowl victory.

  • Wayne Darby

    I don’t expect to win anything from my favorite memory but wanted to share anyway. I was born in 1972 and grew up in Bears country. My whole family were Bears fans but for some reason since I could say football, the Steelers have been my favorite team. My mom supported me in that and didn’t give me too much crap but I digress. I was able to attend my first Steeler game ever a couple of weeks ago at Lambeau field with my son, which by the way is a Steeler fan too. Being there with my son and for Pittsburgh to get a win even made the event more special but when we were walking out of the stadium, a drunk GB fan snatched my terrible towel and ran with it. My son ran after him, tackled him and got my towel back and told the guy it wasn’t going to end well for him. Left a grin on my face for a lifetime!

    • Craig

      Congrats Wayne! Please check your Facebook messages. I’ve messaged you the iTunes code as well as the terms. Be sure to check the ‘other’ tab in your messages. It should be there. Thanks.

  • Karen Andrews

    I was born in the late 70s. Joe Greene, Terry Bradshaw, and Lynne Swan (My middle name is Lynn) made me fall in love with the Steelers. I’ve been following them ever since. The 2009 game was a special game for me as it was the first time my son really understood what was going on. He’s always been a Steelers fan (despite living 45 minutes from Foxboro). He’d struggled with his classmates making fun of him for not liking the Pats. In 2009, he realized why the Steelers are a better organization and really started learning more about the team. Now, when it’s sports day, he proudly wears his black and yellow!!

  • Craig

    Congratulations to Kevin Buckland, Stanley Turner, and Wayne Darby! The three of you have won the eBook! I will directly message you to work out the details with the iTunes codes for the books. Thanks again for those who left their stories. Hopefully we can do this again soon. Happy New Year to you all.