Passionate Steelers Fan Lives Behind Enemy Lines

By: Mary Robb Jackson

RIDGEWOOD, N.J. (KDKA) – Can you even imagine being a Steelers fan in enemy territory? Well, there’s one die-hard fan of the black and gold living amongst New York Jets fans.

Deep behind enemy lines, off East Glen Avenue in Ridgewood, New Jersey, lives a man who knows no fear. He flaunts his Steelers pride with blow-up dolls on his front lawn, ‘Burgh Banners and Terrible Towels.

“I get a lot of car horns honking,” says Rich Biagi, a passionate Steelers fan who runs the family plumbing business. “Jets who? I don’t mind being the odd one out.”

Biagi lost his heart to Chuck Noll and company, and never looked back.

“Started from when I went to college at Slippery Rock back in 1978,” he said.

Those were the days of Franco’s Army, Lambert’s Lunatics and Super Bowl rings.

Biagi has a cat named Troy and his black Lab is called Bradshaw, after Terry of course. His Steelers’ treasures sit in a curio cabinet at his home.

“All the tickets of all the games, signatures of different players,” he said of his keepsakes. “Every year I go out to Pittsburgh, I bring something back.”

Then, on this Super Bowl Sunday, surrounded by Steelers memorabilia, Biagi will gather his family in his man cave with the case of Iron City he’s been saving to toast the team he loves.

But, what about the Jets? As for them, Rich says, “good luck!”

However, somehow, we just don’t think he really means it!

Comments

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  1. GoingForSeven says:

    The Jets aren’t the enemy, just a speed bump.

  2. Dana Cappell says:

    I live in Manhattan and have been wearing my Steelers gear all week. I got more “Go Steelers” (some from Giants fans) than I did any comments from Jets fans. Jets fans are lame. They have no spirit. Go Steelers!

  3. expittsburgh says:

    Gotta give the guy credit…displaying all the Steelers stuff when he’s self employed! Could jeopardize his sales.

    Go Steelers!

  4. Justin Gilles says:

    By the Head lIne I thought he lived in Iraq or something. so basically there is millions of steelers fans BEHIND ENEMY LINES across the country. Just the the new doing what it does best making a big story out of nothing

  5. Pgh Proud says:

    I went to Las Vegas for a week in September. Never got so many free drinks in my life walking around in a Polamalu jersey! People were honking and screaming out of their car windows! It’s truly Steeler Nation! Then we made friends with some guys from Australia and every single one of them has Go Steelers! on their facebook pages! We’re going global!!!!

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