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Passionate Steelers Fan Lives Behind Enemy Lines

By: Mary Robb Jackson
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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!

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