Monday, February 02, 2009

Pittsburgh Steelers: Model for an NFL Franchise

"They've run a model franchise. I think everyone in Pittsburgh recognizes how proud they are of the Steelers. We in the NFL recognize how fortunate we've been to have Dan Rooney's leadership and now Art's leadership."

--Roger Goodell, NFL Commissioner, discussing the Rooney family and their ownership.

"They do a great job of letting their personnel do their jobs. They take care of things on their end and let the people they've hired for their positions do their job. That's what's special."

--Brett Keisel, Pittsburgh Steelers' defensive end.

The Steelers have now won 6 Super Bowls (an NFL record) and have been a model of stability in the NFL. They have only had 3 coaches since 1969. Chuck Noll won 4 Super Bowls. Bill Cowher had eight teams that won 10 or more games from 1992 to 2006, including records of 13-3, 15-1, 11-5 and 10-5-1, three American Conference championship games, and one Super Bowl in his last five seasons.

Mike Tomlin is the youngest head coach to win a Super Bowl.

Excerpts from the New York Times, January 25, 2009.

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