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Archived updates for Friday, February 03, 2006

TGIF for the Steelmark

The Pittsburgh Steelers' logo used to be a punter booming a kick while balanced on a steel beam. Then, in 1962, executives of Cleveland-based Republic Steel suggested the Steelers wear a new emblem called the Steelmark with three hypocycloids representing the coal, iron, and scrap steel materials used in steelmaking:
"I thought it was a good idea, but I wasn't sure how it would be received," Dan Rooney, the team's chairman, reportedly told Alan Robinson of the Associated Press. "That's why it's only on one side of the helmet. Then we took it from there, and we had everybody asking questions and I said, `Let's keep it that way. It's really a novelty.'"

The Steelers are still the only NFL team that sports their logo on only one side of the helmet, the odds are with them for Superbowl XL.

Thank Goodness It's Friday (and May is "Steelmark Month")

--Bill Heinze
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