Thompson, Pennsylvania Colleagues Honor Pittsburgh Steelers

February 12, 2009
Press Release

Washington, DC – U.S Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson, R-Howard, joined his Pennsylvania colleagues and freshman classmate, Representative Tom Rooney, R-Fla., to honor the Pittsburgh Steelers on their sixth National Football League (NFL) Super Bowl Championship.  Thompson, who cosponsored H.Res. 110, a resolution congratulating the Steelers on winning Super Bowl XLIII, issued the following statement on the House Floor:

“Growing up in Steeler Country, I have long viewed this franchise as the gold standard of the NFL. Now with their sixth Super Bowl title, the entire world knows what we in Central and Western Pennsylvania have known for some time – the Steelers are the greatest professional football franchise of all-time.

 “Form the ownership, to the coaching staff, the players and fans, the Steelers organization continues to impress me both on and off the field. Their commitment to enriching the lives of Western Pennsylvania’s youth and their partnership with the community is as strong today as it was in 1933 when Arthur J. Rooney first founded the team.

“To the Rooney Family and the team, Coach Tomlin who is the youngest head coach in history to win a world championship, my good friend from Florida and classmate, Tom Rooney, on behalf of the Fifth District of Pennsylvania, congratulations, and thank you for everything you do for Central and Western Pennsylvania.”

111th Congress, 1st Session
H. RES. 110

Congratulating the National Football League champion Pittsburgh Steelers for winning Super Bowl XLIII and becoming the most successful franchise in NFL history with their record 6th Super Bowl title.

Whereas the Pittsburgh Steelers won Super Bowl XLIII by defeating the Arizona Cardinals 27 to 23 in Tampa, Florida, on February 1, 2009, winning their second Super Bowl championship in 4 years;

Whereas with this victory the Pittsburgh Steelers franchise has set a new National Football League standard for most Super Bowl victories with their record 6th Super Bowl championship;

Whereas the Pittsburgh Steelers went 15-4 against the hardest-ranked 2008-2009 schedule in the NFL and defeated the San Diego Chargers, Baltimore Ravens, and Arizona Cardinals during their record-setting post season run;

Whereas linebacker James Harrison returned a goal line interception 100 yards for the longest play in Super Bowl history;

Whereas quarterback Ben Roethlisberger went 21-30 for 256 yards and led the team down the field for the 19th and most important 4th quarter comeback of his career;

Whereas wide receiver Santonio Holmes won the Super Bowl MVP award with a 9-catch, 131-yard performance, including the game-winning touchdown in the corner of the endzone with 35 seconds left in the game;

Whereas the Pittsburgh Steelers new `Steel Curtain' defense, including stars James Harrison, Ryan Clark, Troy Polamalu, James Farrior, Ike Taylor, Larry Foote, Casey Hampton, LaMarr Woodley, Brett Keisel, Deshea Townsend, and Aaron Smith were ranked first in the NFL in overall team defense for the 2008-2009 season;

Whereas the Pittsburgh Steelers defense during the 2008-2009 season allowed the least points scored, lowest average passing yards per game, and the least overall yards per game in the entire NFL;

Whereas head coach Mike Tomlin is the youngest coach to win a Super Bowl championship and has continued in the legendary tradition of head coaches Chuck Noll and Bill Cowher by bringing a Super Bowl championship to Pittsburgh;

Whereas linebacker James Harrison was named the NFL Defensive Player of the Year for the 2008-2009 season;

Whereas team owner Dan Rooney and team President Art Rooney II, the son and grandson, respectively, of Pittsburgh Steelers founder Art Rooney, have remarkable loyalty to Steelers fans and the City of Pittsburgh, and have assembled an exceptional team of players, coaches, and staff that made achieving a championship possible;

Whereas the Pittsburgh Steelers fan base, known as `Steeler Nation', was ranked in August 2008 by as the best in the NFL, citing their current streak of 299 consecutive sold out games going back to the 1972 season; and

Whereas, for 76 years, the people of the City of Pittsburgh have seen themselves in the grit, tenacity, and success of the Pittsburgh Steelers franchise, and they proudly join the team in celebrating their NFL record 6th Super Bowl championship: Now therefore, be it

Resolved, That the House of Representatives congratulates the National Football League Champion Pittsburgh Steelers for winning Super Bowl XLIII and setting a new championship standard for the entire NFL.