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Peter Schaffer
NFL Agent

Peter Schaffer

Agent and professor of sports law

Steelers Are Closest


What is the definition of a dynasty in sports and has nothing to do with Robert Forsythe and Blake Carrington? A dynasty constitutes continued and sustained exemplary performance on and off of the field. It also embodies the ability to adept to change again on and off the field. By definition a dynasty is perhaps unattainable but arguably the Steelers over the decades are as close to attaining that designation as any team in the nfl.

The New York Yankees in baseball, the Boston Celtics in basketball, the Montreal Canadiens in hockey and Johns Hopkins in lacrosse are examples of teams that are close to attaining dynasty credentials. Teams that have maintained a high level of success through different and changing eras of their sports. Prior to the Steelers, Don Shula and his Colts/Dolphins teams most closely resembled a dynasty. Teams that won with defense in the 60's, running the ball in the 70's and throwing the ball in the 80's.

Similarly the Steelers sustained success has come over the ages through different eras and by different means. This is the definition of success. The one constant for the Steelers is the esteemed Rooney family and the level of decency and consistency they bring to the team, sport and city of Pittsburgh. The other constants for the team come in the form of philosophy and personality. They have always won with teams that resemble the people of western Pennsylvania. Hard working, humble and appreciative sorts that bond together for a common goal. They have also won through a philosophy of developing their own talent. This type of consistency and stewardship is required for continued success.

All in all it is great for sports to see the good people succeed and win when they do things the right way. But the reality is that doing things the right way is the reason the good people succeed and this is no different with the Steelers. While it may be premature to anoint them a dynasty it is not premature to say they are the closest thing there is to one in the nfl.

By Peter Schaffer  |  February 3, 2009; 4:26 PM ET  | Category:  Peter Schaffer , Pittsburgh Steelers Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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