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.
In the United States, football is by far the most prominent and popular sport. Every Sunday (and some Saturdays) from September to January, most Americans wake up with excitement and eagerness. Watching NFL games and rooting for a favorite team is part of American tradition. On average, NFL games tend to get 18 million viewers and the big games are consistently the most watched broadcasts every year. The next most popular league in America, the NBA, only gets around 1.8 million viewers per game. Considering how important football is to America, FanWide has decided to create its own ranking of the top 10 NFL franchises. Using FanWide’s unique data, this top 10 list includes the amount of Fan Clubs each team has around the nation. FanWide has evaluated all 32 NFL teams across both the AFC and the NFC. The top 10 teams have been successful in recent seasons as well as throughout history. They all have their fair share of Lombardi Trophies and are all considered “NFL Elites” relative to the rest of the league. In addition, all 10 NFL teams are big market teams with large and loyal fan bases. Due to their consistent prowess, every football player growing up wants to play for these 10 teams. These teams are considered the tip of the top and have succeeded for decades on and off the field.
Wiz Khalifa’s 2010 hit, “Black and Yellow,” acted as a Steelers anthem throughout their 2011 super bowl run. As the players emerged from the tunnel, fueled by new fight song, Steelers fans were once again reminded of how in-tune the Steelers organization remained with their fan base. The Steelers and their fans connect through the iconic city of Pittsburgh, a blue-collar town founded on the backs of steelworkers.
Fittingly, they are led by the rugged “Big Ben” Roethlisberger, a 1-year high school quarterback out of Lima, Ohio (and 2 time Super Bowl champion). If it isn’t clear enough, the Steelers have been successful because they make the most out of what they have. They certainly belong in Pittsburgh in that their charm is subtle, yet inexplicably apparent; they don’t need to be flashy to be noticed. Pittsburgh fans are overwhelmingly everyday people, and they remain loyal to their team because, in the chaos of daily life, the Steelers don’t forget about them.
The NFL’s Salute to Service games where hosted last week, where teams honored past and present veterans. Many games featured current military members presenting their colors at halftime or before the game. The Indianapolis Colts invited families of fallen soldiers to attend and walk on the field before the game.
You just moved to Seattle from San Francisco for work. On your to-do list is finding a new doctor, new restaurants to order take-out from, new grocery stores, a new cable provider, and trying to understand how the public transportation works. And the worst part: you left your beloved 49ers behind. In San Francisco, you could always count on catching the game with your friends or instantly making new ones since everybody in town was a 49ers fan.
Lucky for you, FanWide is here to help. FanWide is a social networking sports app that allows you to always find other fans of the same team even if you’re not in your team’s home city. Don’t be a stranger in your new home, FanWide strives to help work transplants assimilate to their new city.