Our Hall of Fame Quarterbacks

Our Hall of Fame Quarterbacks

Presently, there are 26 quarterbacks in the NFL Hall of Fame from the modern era. Of those, six of them hail from our own backyard–more than any other place in the country. Why is this area such a seedbed for superstar quarterbacks? Let’s examine each Hall of Famer for clues. Here are their stories presented in the order of their induction into the Hall of

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RMU Courts Headliners and Conferences With Its New UPMC Events Center

RMU Courts Headliners and Conferences With Its New UPMC Events Center

In May 2019, Robert Morris University debuted its new $43 million UPMC Events Center, which will not only serve as the home for both the Colonials men’s and women’s basketball teams and women’s volleyball team, but is also a state-of-art, gleaming venue that will play host to family-friendly shows and concerts. “The events center was constructed on the former site of the Sewell Center and

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Fielding 11 Fun Facts About Pittsburgh’s Riverhounds Soccer Club

Fielding 11 Fun Facts About Pittsburgh’s Riverhounds Soccer Club

Pittsburgh has had several soccer teams come and go, like the Pittsburgh Phantoms who lasted only one year, and the Pittsburgh Spirit, who played for seven seasons starting in the late 1970s. Outlasting them all are the Pittsburgh Riverhounds, who have been around for two decades. The following are some fun facts about the Hounds. Initially, the Riverhounds were called the “Riverdogs,” but the Minor

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Big Ben Towers Over Steeler Nation

Big Ben Towers Over Steeler Nation

On June 12, 2006, my family and I were on vacation at North Carolina’s Outer Banks, a popular beach destination for many Pittsburghers. As it was an overcast day, my daughter and I decided to do some shopping at Scarborough Faire Shopping Village. Near lunchtime as we meandered along the boardwalk that connected the boutiques, my daughter’s cell phone rang. While she answered it, I

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A House Divided . . . Means Great Football

A House Divided . . . Means Great Football

Penn State and Pitt Continue the Rivalry Before Pitt and Penn State renewed their rivalry on September 10, 2016, the last time the teams had met on the gridiron, John Paul II was pope and Bill Clinton was president. During that meeting on September 16, 2000, the Panthers defeated the Nittany Lions 12-0. When they renewed the rivalry in 2016 at Heinz Field, it was

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Johnny Unitas: A Legend in Our Own Backyard

Johnny Unitas: A Legend in Our Own Backyard

Western Pennsylvania has set the standard for quarterback excellence. It has been distinguished as the “Cradle of Quarterbacks” for producing such names as Joe Namath, Joe Montana, Jim Kelly, and Dan Marino. The gunslinger who pioneered the movement, Johnny Unitas, led a storied career of sheer dominance with an arm that put the NFL on the map. We remember his greatness fifteen years following his passing.

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Touring Pittsburgh’s Sports Venues

Touring Pittsburgh's Sports Venues

To those who love sports, the venues where the games are played are akin to temples.  Pittsburgh is home to some of the best facilities for cheering on a hockey team, watching a football game, or taking in a baseball game.  But even if you have been to The PPG Paints Arena for every puck that has ever been dropped, seen every kickoff since Heinz

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Baron Batch Finds His Inner Artist in Pittsburgh

Baron Batch Finds His Inner Artist in Pittsburgh

Baron Batch came to Pittsburgh as the Steelers’ seventh-round pick in the NFL’s 2011 draft out of Texas Tech University, where he was the school’s eighth-ranked, all-time rushing leader and where he led the team in rushing his senior year with 816 yards on 177 carries. In retrospect, it seems that football would turn out to be only a means for Batch to find his

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All Hail Emperor Chaz! Coach Chuck Noll Built the Foundation for the Steelers Dynasty

All Hail Emperor Chaz! Coach Chuck Noll Built the Foundation for the Steelers Dynasty

Very few people throughout history have had the title “emperor” bestowed upon them. There’s the Roman heads of state, Napoleon, and Chuck Noll. Although not a leader of a country, the late Steelers coach headed the Steelers nation and led his team to four Super Bowl victories, more than any other coach in NFL history. He held that title solely until 2015 when Patriots Coach

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Pittsburgh Steelers Greats and Their Fans Have Worn Ruts in the Road to Canton

Pittsburgh Steelers Greats and Their Fans Have Worn Ruts in the Road to Canton

The Pittsburgh Steelers’ franchise is a classic example of announcer Bob Prince’s maxim of “hidden vigorish.” According to Prince, it means that the more you lose the closer you come to winning. The Steelers’ franchise was founded in 1933, and during the years from their founding until 1972, the team did a lot of losing. They won their division only once during those nearly four

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