Friday, August 20, 2010

The More You Know: Pittsburgh Steelers: Renegade

This will be the first installment of “The more you know: Pittsburgh Steelers”. This will be an as needed series set to teach you about the greatest football franchise in the NFL, the Pittsburgh Steelers. As most people know I am kinda a big Steelers fan. I feel it is my obligation to teach you about the team so you can bleed black and gold like I do. Yinz are gonna know it all by the time I am done with you.

As people who know me have realized I think that Styx's best song, by far, is known as Renegade. Working in college athletics I get to go to a lot of games and sometimes, if the teams are lucky enough, I get to choose the music during the game. Now as you might know the Steelers save Renegade for the biggest times in the game, because that is when the Steelers, and the fans for that matter, need a little kick in the ass for a big defensive series. That being said I used to try and play Renegade at big parts of the games (which was harder for some teams because that could have literally been before the game even started instead of a possible turning point, but I digress) to get the team pumped up. You guys probably want to know why that would be a great song to play. Why it is a great song to play is because of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

If you don't believe me you can check out this link that will clearly show you that it is a Pittsburgh Steelers song:

If you don't believe that link you can check out this YouTube for proof:

The real story stems from a 2002 playoff game against the Cleveland Browns. The Steelers were down 24-7 in the second half. It wasn't looking good. Then it happened. Renegade was blasted on the PA system with visuals of the defense before it goes onto the field. A legend is born. The Steelers win the playoff game, and a tradition is born.

Pittsburgh Channel 4 news did a story on it here. Here are some of the things that they said if you are too lazy to read the article.

If you have ever been to Heinz Field for a Steelers game, you have experienced it.

The first time, you might not have realized why everyone leaps up, and roars and looks toward the JumboTron when you hear a lone voice cut the silence of a TV timeout.

Truth. First time you have no idea what it coming. If you are a vet. of Steeler games when the screen goes black you know what is coming.

The ritual belongs to the defense and begins, with linebacker LaMarr Woodley accompanied by the opening lines of the song.

"You look up at the JumboTron and watch?" Wiggin asked Woodley.

"Every home game, I turn around and watch," Woodley said, admitting that he knows "not one word" of the song. "Oh, momma, I'm in...' that's all I know."

Perfect explaination of it here, a video of it from the 2009 AFC Championship game.

Nine out of 10 times last year, the defense kept the opposing team from scoring, forced them to punt, or had a turnover after the song was played.

Nine out of ten times? You have got to be kidding me. That is what happens when renegade comes on. When it comes up the offense has a better chance of just punting than trying to move the ball on this defense.

Even more proof? Watch this from the 2009 season when the Steelers played the Cowboys:

To recap the video for those of you that don't know, the Steelers were tied with the Cowboys after getting beat the entire game, late in the fourth quarter. They call a timeout, the game goes to commercial. Renegade is played, Deshea Townsend pick six. Game over. Renegade.

Renegade is a part of Pittsburgh. It is the unofficial anthem of the defense and the team.

The more you know...

...and if you don't know, now ya know.

Here We Go.


  1. I started a Facebook group for fans of Renegade!
    Copy and paste to join "Pittsburgh Sports Fans for Renegade"

  2. I was just googling to learn more about the Steelers/Renegade connection b/c I see it on Twitter all the time and was totally clueless! This is an awesome, informative post, for a newbie Steelers fan! ;) (ErinRagan on Twitter)