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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – While the AFC Championship Game may be a distant memory for fans of the Pittsburgh Steelers, it left some New York Jets fans with a new respect for the Steel City.
Many Jets fans invaded Pittsburgh for the game and Steelers Nation greeted them as you would expect.
CBSNewYork.com’s Green Lantern blogger, Jeff Capellini was in attendance and has a new respect for Pittsburgh’s love-affair with the Steelers.
Capellini details his trip to the ‘Burgh in a post from Jan. 23.
He said fans in other cities “don’t hold a candle to the ferocity of Pittsburgh fans.”
Steelers Nation knows no boundaries. In Pittsburgh, being a Steelers fan is about more than just rooting for the team. Steelers fans have a sense of pride about the city of Pittsburgh.
Capellini noticed it immediately and said, “Only 312,000 people live in Pittsburgh, but on game day all 312,000 are a united front against all enemies — foreign, domestic, you name it.”
He goes on to chronicle how uncomfortable he was entering Heinz Field wearing green and white, despite being with a group of Jets fans.
While he would have liked to have been writing a victory article and looking ahead to the Super Bowl, all he got was a lesson in humility that made the long trek back to New York even longer.