Steelers Players Embracing Underdog Role

PITTSBURGH (KDKA/AP) – Did the oddsmakers really take a look at the Pittsburgh Steelers’ resume this year and in previous Super Bowls?

It doesn’t appear so because they gave the Green Bay Packers a 2 1/2 point edge in the game. That’s despite the Steelers’ six Super Bowl titles, 14-4 record this season and the No. 2 AFC seed.

Don’t worry if it doesn’t make sense because you are not alone. The players are feeling the same way.

“I kind of don’t understand what everybody sees that we don’t see,” Steelers defensive back Ike Taylor said. “I feel like, deep down, in the back of people’s heads, they really don’t want us to win, people don’t like successful people. Just the tradition we have here, the success we have here, I just feel that a lot of people don’t want us to succeed. They’re getting tired of seeing the same people over and over again. I guess they want to see somebody new.”

“Until that happens, I’m just glad to be a Pittsburgh Steeler.”

The Steelers started their season as underdogs and have embraced it all season.

They weren’t picked by many to be in Super Bowl XLVand some weren’t expecting them to win their division either.

“I think we do our best when we’re underdogs,” Steelers defensive lineman Chris Hoke said. “People were talking at the beginning of the season, how we were going to go 6-10 or 7-9.”

“I think when you put our backs against the wall, when you tell us that we’re an underdog and we can’t do something, that’s when we fight and we’re at our best.”

The last time the Steelers were underdogs in the Super Bowl, they won their fifth Lombardi Trophy.

Back in the 2005-06 season, the Steelers entered the playoffs as the No. 6 seed and they upset three teams with better records. They went on to beat the top-seeded Seattle Seahawks 21-10, in Super Bowl XL.

Having spent his entire career with the Steelers, Hoke said, “You know that winning is an expectation. You’re not hoping to win – you’re expecting to win here.”

It sounds as if they’ve adopted the mantra of coach Mike Tomlin’s “standard is the standard.”


One Comment

  1. Common Sense says:

    The belief that the oddsmakers are choosing which team will win a particular game is a misconception. What they are trying to determine is how the money is going to be bet. The “spread” fluctuates because of where the money is being bet- If too many people bet on Green Bay, then the Steelers will be given more points- If too many people bet on the Steelers, then the points will go down.

    What the odds makers are saying now is, more people will bet on Green Bay than will bet on the Steelers, thus, the Steelers receive the points.

  2. michelle garrett says:


  3. Brad says:

    I am a huge steeler fan, however, i think this is the worst possible super bowl match up for us. Unless we bring our best effort we lose, even then, I think green bay has to make mistakes to lose. Again, I know how steeler fans are, I am rooting for pittsburgh, but heart and mind are 2 different things.

  4. esoucie says:

    pittsburg fans are the biggest cry babys out there im from new england thats right patriots baby we are the team used to winning and we arnt crying about a lose. Pittsburg is the underdog and the packers are over rated but when it comes down to it greenbay is just the better team and will win this years superbowl. Well i guess we will just have to wait until feb 3 and then ike you will feel like a true underdog

    1. Frank says:

      Esoucie, let’s just start at the Patriots part first. Where will Tom Brady be on Feb 6th? On his couch watching the Steelers win yet another Superbowl to make 7. As I recall that is more than anyone, including the Patriots…so actually the Steelers are used to winning not the other way around. On another note, I highly encourage you to take time during halftime to practice your hooked on phonics and hopefully one day you’ll have the ability to spell as well as my 8 year old niece. I wish you the best of luck next season…your gonna need it.

      1. esoucie says:

        > spell as well as my 8 year old niece

        > your gonna need

        you’re going to

    2. edge says:

      Look whos’ crying now!!

  5. Charles says:

    esoucie…New England school systems at their finest….

  6. says:

    I will be walking around the KoOlina resort this week in Oahu wearing my James harrison and Polamalu shirts singing to all the pro bowlers not going to the big dance


    If you think Steeler fans are disliked now ; Wait until they get an earful of Mr. Obnoxious Stiller Fan himself.

    Of course if I see the Raider corner with the cool name I will be nice to him and ask if ever thought about being a Steeler.

    Is esoucie a boy name , girl name , or a type of Asian seafood? Just wonderin

  7. Charles says:

    esoucie..are you drunk?

  8. Kevin says:

    Whats going on Feb 3?

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