Steelers pep rally draws 2,000 fans from across Steelers Nation
Faces in the crowd at the AFC Divisional Round Playoff Game Pep Rally at Stage AE in Pittsburgh.
Gallery: Faces in the crowd at the AFC Divisional Round Playoff Game Pep Rally at Stage AE in Pittsburgh.
PITTSBURGH – More than 2,000 Steelers fans filled Stage AE for a pep rally Saturday night ahead of the divisional round game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
A few Jaguars fans in town for the game walked past the crowd, inciting boos from a legion of fans bundled in black-and-gold in a line that wrapped around the block even a half-hour after the doors opened. People came from Florida, North Carolina, Baltimore and, of course, the Pittsburgh region to cheer on the team.
Inside the venue, fans chanted, danced and fought over signed footballs as Steelers alumni threw them into the crowd throughout the evening.
Franco Harris said he was amazed how long the Immaculate Reception has been remembered to the extent it has been praised. “The only thing on my mind at that time was get into the end zone,” he said.
Franco Harris at the Steelers pep rally
Other alumni in attendance were Willie Parker, Rocky Bleier, Alan Faneca, Santonio Holmes and Carey Davis.
In between speeches and Terrible Towel waving, the crew played game highlights on a large screen over the stage, including the Immaculate Reception and Super Bowl 43.
“It was a dream come true,” Holmes said of becoming a Steeler after years being a fan of the team.
Santonio Holmes speaks at the Steelers pep rally
Politicians decided to drop by, too. Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto and Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald cheered on the team before the veteran players came out.
“Tomorrow’s for Ryan [Shazier],” Fitzgerald said.