Friday, January 12, 2007

Happy Anniversary Steelers Fans

Though the Steelers are home for the playoffs this year all fans can still celebrate: Today is the 32nd anniversary of the Steelers' first Super Bowl victory in Super Bowl IX versus the Minnesota Vikings!

The game, which was played on January 12, 1975 before 80,997 fans at Tulane Stadium (the final game ever played in that stadium) in New Orleans, Louisiana, was one of the stranger Super Bowl contests. The half time score was 2-0, with the only points coming off Vikings' quarterback Fran Tarkenton's recovery of his own fumble in the Minnesota end zone. The game also featured one of the biggest, hardest hits ever unleashed by a Steelers defender, when Glenn Edwards unloaded on Vikings' wide receiver John Gilliam. The turnover that resulted from that hit sealed the win for the Steelers.

The MVP of that game was Franco Harris, who rushed for what was then a record 158 yards.

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