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Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl IX

Updated on October 12, 2014

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Pittsburgh Steelers Vs. Minnesota Vikings

The year was 1975, the day Sunday January 12, the place Tulane Stadium in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Now this date, time, and place may not have been a world changing event for most people, except for a Pittsburgh Steeler fan. As fans, this is the day we will remember forever.

We grew up in New Castle Pennsylvania a small town about 40 miles north of Pittsburgh. Yes we were Steeler Fans.

Oh the agony of all the previous seasons. Until the Steelers 1974 season when they made it to their 1st Superbowl. This was a true celebration for all Steeler fans.

So we decided to have our 1st ever Super Bowl party with all of our family and friends, we watched and rooted the Steelers to their 1st Super Win as they defeated a worthy opponent that day.

Minnesota Viking Memorabilia from the Era

Fran Tarkenton Signed Minnesota Vikings Jersey - HOF 86
Fran Tarkenton Signed Minnesota Vikings Jersey - HOF 86

Any Viking fan would be proud to wear #10

 

The Minnesota Vikings

Led By Quaterback Fran Tarkenton

Minnesota led by seasoned quarterback famed #10, Fran Tarkenton and the Purple People Eater defense.

The Vikings finished the 1974 season with a record of 10 wins and 4 loses. Defeating the St. Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Rams in the playoffs.

Future Hall of Famers for the Vikings:

Bud Grant (coach)

Carl Eller

Paul Krause

Alan Page

Fran Tarkenton

Ron Yary

The Pittsburgh Steelers

Led By Quarterback Terry Bradshaw:

The Pittsburgh Steelers led by Terry Bradshaw, and the Steel Curtin defense. The Steelers finished the season with a record of 10 wins 3 loses and 1 tie.

Defeating the Buffalo Bills and the Oakland Raiders in the playoffs.

Future Hall of Famers for the Steelers:

Chuck Noll (coach)

Mel Blount

Terry Bradshaw

Joe Greene

Jack Ham

Franco Harris

Jack Lambert

John Stallworth

Lynn Swan

Mike Webster

Game Day

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The day we all waited for

There couldn't have been a better match up for this game. These two teams had the toughest defenses in the league.

The Vikings defense, known as the Purple People Eaters and the Steelers with the famous Steel Curtin defence.

The 1st half of the game was a defensive battle with the only scoring being a safety (the 1st in super bowl history) giving the Steelers a 2 point lead at half time.

We were all sitting on the edge of our seats just waitng for the 2nd half wondering if disappointment was coming in the 2nd half.

The general feeling was that we were a second half team, this made all of us feel a little better going into the second half of the game. We were all rationalizing if we lost this game at least we made it to the Super Bowl.

On the 2nd half kickoff to the Vikings the Steelers recovered a fumble, this lead to a 9 yard touchdown run by Franco Harris. There was so much excitement in the room it's hard to explain.

We were all breathing a little easier now, and all saying we knew we were a second half team. Why is it that when you're a diehard fan of any sport, you can rationalize things like this.

The Vikings then scored on a blocked punt making the score 9 to 6. Now we were back on the edges of our seats, as it was late in the game and one more score by the Vikings and we would be loosing.

Then the Steelers put together a 66 yard drive to score late in the fourth quarter making the score 16 to 6. We were celebrating then because we knew the game was over.

Our Pittsburgh Steelers who we have stood by for decades had just rewarded us with their 1st Super Bowl win.

This Super Bowl brought family and friends together for a common cause. It was a day that we all remember.

You don't have to wait for some event to gather your family and friends and make some memories.

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3 Generations of Steeler Fans

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Jamie and BobbyJamie and David's TylerOur son Sammy and his wife Tricia at the gameSammy and Tricia's Giada
Jamie and Bobby
Jamie and Bobby
Jamie and David's Tyler
Jamie and David's Tyler
Our son Sammy and his wife Tricia at the game
Our son Sammy and his wife Tricia at the game
Sammy and Tricia's Giada
Sammy and Tricia's Giada

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    • Merrci profile image

      Merry Citarella 

      4 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Haven't followed football for years, but had to read your take on it. It's sweet that it is such a memory for you Sam! Love your article.

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 

      4 years ago from Lakewood New York

      @Dusty2 LM: Thanks for taking the time to comment on my lens, since the Steelers don't have a chance, I'll be rooting for your Broncos. Have a Very Merry Christmas!!!!

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      Dusty2 LM 

      4 years ago

      I was at a Superbowl Party being held at "Mama's Bar" in Pittsburgh, CA. Appreciate you sharing this flashback and memories. Thank You for stopping by my Broncos lens and the "thumbs ups". I really appreciate it. Happy Holidays!

    • esmonaco profile imageAUTHOR

      Eugene Samuel Monaco 

      4 years ago from Lakewood New York

      @tmadeira lm: Thanks for stopping by and the squidlike, yes the Superbowl is a great for parties.

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      tmadeira lm 

      4 years ago

      I love the Superbowl even if my team isn't in it since it's a great excuse for having a party! Thanks for sharing your story.

    • esmonaco profile imageAUTHOR

      Eugene Samuel Monaco 

      4 years ago from Lakewood New York

      @Nightcat: Thank you so much I appreciate the kind comment thanks again

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      Nightcat 

      4 years ago

      This was awesome, being a proud member of the Steeler Nation I say well done! :)

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 

      4 years ago from Lakewood New York

      @mcstacy: Thanks for visting and commenting,the 49er's were the team of the 80's led by Joe Montana, a quarterback from the Pittsburgh area. Thanks again

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      mcstacy 

      4 years ago

      I did not become a football fan until the 1980s. I enjoyed reading about your enthusiasm. Thanks for sharing your memories.

    • esmonaco profile imageAUTHOR

      Eugene Samuel Monaco 

      4 years ago from Lakewood New York

      @Elsie Hagley: Thank you very much for your kind comments. Thats okay because I don't know alot about rugby. Thanks again

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      Elsie Hagley 

      4 years ago from New Zealand

      Nice article of memories, something very important, sport.Now if it was rugby (New Zealand) I would remember a lot, but sorry I don't know much about Superbowl games, but you have done a great job here.

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 

      4 years ago from Lakewood New York

      @SusanDeppner: I centrality hope so, but you know you just can't win all the time

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      Susan Deppner 

      4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I wasn't yet a football fan in 1975, but a few years later I met my husband - and it's been Steelers ever since. I'm sure his entire family watched that Super Bowl IX win from the family home in western PA, not too far from yours! Let's hope this year's season goes better than today's game went!

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