Ben Roethlisberger dubs Steelers the “World’s Team” after win over “America’s Team”

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The Cowboys became “America’s Team” before Jerry Jones bought the team in 1989, before they won the last three of five Super Bowl titles in the 1990s and before they opened their $1.2 billion stadium in Arlington in 2009.

Bob Ryan, an editor-in-chief at NFL Films, gave the Cowboys their nickname in a 1978 team highlight film.

TV ratings, merchandising sales, Forbes’ estimated franchise valuations, Harris Polls and stadium attendance say the Cowboys still are “America’s Team.” That despite their 25-year championship drought and their current 2-7 record, which has them closer to the No. 1 overall choice than a Super Bowl title.

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is fine with the Cowboys trademarking “America’s Team.” He argues, though, that the Steelers have an even bigger reach, one that goes beyond borders.

“We know that everybody is coming for us,” Roethlisberger said after Sunday’s surprisingly close victory over the Cowboys. “I don’t want to take any shots at anybody, but if you didn’t know who America’s Team was, then you should’ve seen the stands and all the Terrible Towels. Dallas might be America’s Team, but we are the World’s Team.”

Indeed, the Steelers had a strong turnout among the NFL-high 31,700 fans in attendance at AT&T Stadium on Sunday.

19 responses to “Ben Roethlisberger dubs Steelers the “World’s Team” after win over “America’s Team”

  1. Dallas has not been America’s team for a long while. Though the Steelers are a great organization. They need to prove they can win in today’s football. The Steel Curtain of old ended with steroid testing, Tomlin can coach but can he coach a big game. It is Interesting that now the Patriots stink-Steelers have a chance.

  2. The “World’s Team” . . . because you barely defeated “America’s Worst Team”?

  3. The Steelers were the first choice to be dubbed America’s Team in the 70’s but Art Rooney Sr. declined. True story.

  4. When industrial jobs became scarce in western PA in the late 70’s and 80’s, many families were forced to leave the area. They wound up all over the nation and all over the world. Thus, you now see the Terrible Towels in every stadium. Steeler fans travel well.

  5. It’s not that Steeler fans travel better than every fanbase in America. It’s because Steeler fans are everywhere and show up in droves at every stadium in the World.

  6. Wow. Amazed at how little hatred has shown up in these comments so far. I have lived in Europe and Asia most of the last twenty five years. I will observe that most places I’ve been, there is a Steelers bar at which to watch the game, and it almost always has terrible towels on the walls. I thought the comment above about the Pittsburgh diaspora spreading around the States and elsewhere as heavy industry collapsed in the areas surrounding Pittsburgh was pretty spot on.

  7. the refs were the main reason why drama queen Ben is saying this, if they would have lost, which they should have, then he would be silent.

  8. World’s team gets benefit of 15-yd penalty for touching Bens facemask. America’s team gets no penalty call on next drive when qb’s head gets turned by facemask.

  9. lol

    “Dallas has not been America’s team for a long while. Though the Steelers are a great organization. They need to prove they can win in today’s football. The Steel Curtain of old ended with steroid testing, Tomlin can coach but can he coach a big game. It is Interesting that now the Patriots stink-Steelers have a chance.

  10. He lost against Romo then Dak. Now he barely won against Cowboys 4th string QB with the Refs help. And they’re the world’s team gtfo 🤣

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