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The ones who hit the hardest: the Steelers, the Cowboys, the '70s, and the fight for America's soul

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A stirring portrait of the decade when the Steelers became the greatest team in NFL history, even as Pittsburgh was crumbling around them. In the 1970s, the city of Pittsburgh was in need of heroes. In that decade the steel industry, long the lifeblood of the city, went into massive decline, putting 150,000 steelworkers out of work. And then the unthinkable happened: The Pittsburgh Steelers, perennial also-rans in the NFL, rose up to become the most feared team in the league, dominating opponents with their famed "Steel Curtain" defense, winning four Super Bowls in six years, and lifting the spirits of a city on the brink. In The Ones Who Hit the Hardest , Chad Millman and Shawn Coyne trace the rise of the Steelers amidst the backdrop of the fading city they fought for, bringing to life characters such as: Art Rooney, the owner of the team so beloved by Pittsburgh that he was known simply as "The Chief"; Chuck Noll, the headstrong coach who used the ethos of steelworkers to motivate his players; Terry Bradshaw, the strong-armed and underestimated QB; Joe Green, the defensive tackle whose fighting nature lifted the franchise; and Jack Lambert, the linebacker whose snarling, toothless grin embodied the Pittsburgh defense. Every story needs a villain, and in this one it's played by the Dallas Cowboys. As Pittsburgh rusted, the new and glittering metropolis of Dallas, rich from the capital infusion of oil revenue, signaled the future of America. Indeed, the town brimmed with such confidence that the Cowboys felt comfortable nicknaming themselves "America's Team." Throughout the 1970s, the teams jostled for control of the NFL-the Cowboys doing it with finesse and the Steelers doing it with brawn-culminating in Super Bowl XIII in 1979, when the aging Steelers attempted to hold off the Cowboys one last time. Thoroughly researched and grippingly written, The Ones Who Hit the Hardest is a stirring tribute to a city, a team, and an era.
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display_descriptionTraces the decade when the Pittsburgh Steelers rose from a lackluster franchise to four-time Super Bowl champions, citing the team's efforts to revitalize its economically challenged city while assessing key contributors and the rivalry with the Dallas Cowboys.
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subject_facetDallas Cowboys (Football team) -- History
Football -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Football players -- United States
Nineteen seventies
Noll, Chuck
Pittsburgh Steelers (Football team) -- History
Rooney, Art, -- 1901-1988
Rooney, Dan, -- 1932-2017
Sports rivalries -- United States
Super Bowl -- (13th : -- 1979 : -- Miami, Fla.)
title_displayThe ones who hit the hardest : the Steelers, the Cowboys, the '70s, and the fight for America's soul
title_fullThe Ones Who Hit the Hardest The Steelers, the Cowboys, the '70s, and the Fight for America's Soul
The ones who hit the hardest : the Steelers, the Cowboys, the '70s, and the fight for America's soul / Chad Millman and Shawn Coyne
title_shortThe ones who hit the hardest
title_subthe Steelers, the Cowboys, the '70s, and the fight for America's soul
Football players
Nineteen seventies
Noll, Chuck
Rooney, Art
Rooney, Dan
Sports & Recreations
Sports rivalries