1933-1939 Pittsburgh Pirates, 1940-present Pittsburgh Steelers, 1943 Phil-Pitt, 1944 Card-Pitt

First known as the Pirates, the team changed its nickname to Steelers in 1940.  The franchise struggled for its first 40 years but made up for those tribulations in the 1970s.  In one of the most famous streaks in all of sports, the Steelers dominated the NFL during that decade.  Pittsburgh advanced to the playoffs eight straight seasons and won four Super Bowl championships in a six-year span.  The team added a record-tying fifth Super Bowl crown in the 2005 season and then in the 2008 season became the first team ever to win six Super Bowls.

Firsts, Records, Odds & Ends

Franchise Granted:
July 8, 1933 as the Pirates

First Season:

Changed Nickname to Steelers:

Heinz Field

Daniel M. Rooney

Arthur J. Rooney II

Head Coach:
Mike Tomlin

Super Bowl Championships:

AFC Championships:
1974, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1995, 2005, 2008, 2010

AFC Central Division Championships:
1972, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1983, 1984, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2001

AFC North Division Championships:
 2002, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2014

All-Time Record:
(At Start of 2015 Season)

Retired Uniform Numbers:
#70 Ernie Stautner

First Draft Choice: Bill Shakespeare, B, Notre Dame, 1936.

Franchise's Original Name: Pittsburgh Pirates (1933-1939).

First Regular-Season Game: A 23-2 loss to the New York Giants, 9/20/33.

First Regular-Season Touchdown: Martin Kottler returned an interception 96 yards for a touchdown in a 14-13 victory over the Chicago Cardinals, 9/27/33.

First Winning Season: 1942 (7-4).

First Playoff Appearance: A 21-0 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in the Eastern Division Playoff game, 12/21/47.

First Super Bowl Appearance: A 16-6 victory over the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl IX, 1/12/75.

First Pro Bowl Selections: Joe Geri, HB, Jerry Shipkey, LB, and Bill Walsh C, 1951.

First All-League Selection: Byron "Whizzer" White, HB, 1938.

First Steeler Elected to the Hall of Fame: Art Rooney, Founder/Administrator, 1964.

First to Rush for 200 Yards in a Game: John Henry Johnson, 200 yards vs. the Cleveland Browns, 10/10/64.

First 1,000-Yard Rusher: John Henry Johnson, 1,141 yards (1962).

First to Pass 400 Yards in a Game: Bobby Layne, 409 yards vs. the Chicago Cardinals, 12/13/58.

Most Yards Rushing, Career: Franco Harris, 11,950 yards (1972-1983).

Most Yards Passing, Career: Ben Roethlisberger, 39,057 yards (2004-2014).

Most Receptions, Career: Hines Ward, 1,000 receptions (1998-2011).

All-Time Leading Scorer: Gary Anderson, 1,343 points (1982-1994).