Coming in at number 4 in FanWide’s Top 10 NFL Team rankings is the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers, also known as the Black and Gold, have a history like no other. The Steelers have won six Super Bowls and have had a lot of star-power since the dominance in the 1970s. Superstars such as Joe Greene, Franco Harris, James Harrison, and Ben Roethlisberger are the backbone of the Steelers’ special legacy. The Steelers have always been known as a team of toughness and grit, and that will always be their reputation in the NFL. The Steelers have the second strongest fan base according to FanWide and one that is very loyal. The Steelers have lost two superstars in Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell, but there tenacious play will continue. Do not be surprised if the Steelers make a deep run in the playoffs this season.
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The Steelers graded out as follows:
|FanWide Fan Clubs||682||2|
|Total Social Media Followers (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter in millions)||11.5||3|
|Forbes Value (in billion)||2.585||15|
|Nationally televised games (2018)||7||6|
|Playoff Wins (past 10 years)||5||(T-8)|
|Playoff Wins (all time)||36||2|
|Super Bowl Wins (past 10 years)||0||(T-9)|
|Super Bowl Wins (all time)||6||(T-1)|
|All-Stars (past 10 years)||22||9|
|Hall of Famers||28||6|
|Average Attendance (2018)||63,456||23|
|Average Attendance Percentage (2018)||92.8%||26|
Number of Fan Clubs: 682 (2nd)
The Pittsburgh Steelers are 2nd in number of fan clubs with a total of 682 chapters on FanWide. This high number is a testament to the loyal fans that show up for every game in the Black and Gold.
Total Social Media Followers (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter in millions):11.5 (3rd)
The Steelers have 11.51 million followers across Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Specifically, on Instagram the Steelers have 2.1 million followers, on Facebook they have 6 million followers, on Facebook and on Twitter they have 3.42 million followers. NFL teams use social media as a platform to build relationships with their fans while also increasing fan interest around world. Ranking in the top 10 in terms of total followers shows that the Steelers have one of the largest and most loyal fan bases.
Forbes Value (in billion): 2.585 (15th)
Forbes gave the Steelers a valuation of 2.585 billion dollars which places them as the 15th most valuable team in the NFL.
Nationally televised games (2018): 7 (6th)
The Steelers played in 7 nationally televised games in 2018, which lands them in 7th place. Nationally televised games are decided based off of the success of the team in the preceding season and the popularity of the team. This high ranking is due to the Steelers having many fans worldwide.
Playoff Wins (past 10 years): 5 (T-8)
The Steelers have been fairly successful within the past 10 years when it comes to playoff wins. Although the Steelers just missed the playoffs last year, they still are a team that seem to always be hanging around in January.
Playoff Wins (all time): 36 (2nd)
The Steelers have won an outstanding 36 playoff games which ranks them 2nd in the NFL behind the New England Patriots. These wins are due to the phenomenal play of Joe Green, Lynn Swann, Franco Harris, and the great ownership of the Rooney family.
Super Bowl Wins (past 10 years): 0 (T-9)
The Pittsburgh Steelers have not been as successful recently when it comes to Super Bowl victories, but they appeared in one Super Bowl within the past 10 years. Their last appearance was in 2010 when they were bested by the phenomenal play of Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers.
Super Bowl Wins (all time): 6 (T-1)
The Steelers have won the Lombardi Trophy six times. The Steelers won the Super Bowl in the 1974, 1975, 1978, 1979, 2005, and in 2008. This exhibits the success the Steelers have had now and in the past has been like no other.
All-Stars (past 10 years): 22 (9th)
All-Star players include any player who has made the Pro Bowl. The Steelers have had a solid 22 players over the past 10 years who have been All-Stars. These outstanding players include quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, receiver Antonio Brown, linebacker James Harrison, and safety Troy Polamalu. Some of these players helped the Steelers win their Super Bowls in the 2005 season and the 2008 season.
Hall of Famers: 28 (6th)
Hall of Famers will forever be remember and recognized for their terrific play during their NFL career. Players from the infamous “Steel Curtain” cemented their legacy on the team they played for and across the entire National Football League.
Average Attendance (2018): 63,456 (23rd)
The Pittsburgh Steelers rank 23rd in the NFL with an average attendance of 63,456. Even though this number is low, the Steelers still have a fan base like no other.
Average attendance percentage (2018): 92.8% (26th)
The Steelers attendance percentage is 92.8% which places them 26th overall. Although it is not very high, they still have many loyal fans.
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