How NFL teams got their nicknames

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This article popped up on my Gmail bar this morning, and I really enjoyed it, so I wanted to share with you. :)

I personally enjoyed the Steelers story. We have the most dedicated fans!

Pittsburgh Steelers

Pittsburgh’s football team shared the same nickname as the city’s baseball team, the Pirates, from 1933 to 1940.

Before the 1940 season, owner Art Rooney held a rename-the-team contest. A change couldn’t hurt, as Pittsburgh had failed to post a winning season in its first seven years.

Joe Santoni, who worked in a mill for Pittsburgh Steel, was one of several fans who suggested Steelers. Santoni received a pair of season tickets, which he would renew every year until his death in 2003.

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