Pro Footballs Most Passionate Fans: Profiles of Fans Honored at the Pro Football Hall of Fame with the Visa Hall of Fans Award
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Paperback. 160 pages. Dimensions: 8.5in. x 8.5in. x 0.6in.Professional football is the most popular sport in the United States today. With so many famous players from the past and present, some of whom achieved notoriety because of a persona they created, there are fans who have also made a name for themselves by either their work and loyalty for their team, or by creating an alter ego with respect to how they cheer or support their team. Some have incredibly wild and outrageous outfits. On game days, some of these diehard fans take longer to get themselves ready for games than the players they cheer for! The face paint, the outrageous outfits, the chants and cheers, and the attention to detail are what make these fans unique. During football season, these diehard fans can be seen each weekend as they showcase themselves in support of their team in front of hundreds of thousands of viewers worldwide. In 1998, Visa sponsored a national contest to find the wildest, most loyal, and most intriguing fans for each team in the league. The award was entitled, The Visa Hall of Fans Award as fans were chosen from each team based on their submitted essays and photos. Contestants had to explain why they should represent their respective team in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. At the time, a special wing in the Hall was created to honor these diehard fans. Visa awarded plaques to the winners - originally at the Hall, and later in front of the hometown fans at each teams stadium. The Hall of Fame displayed the plaques for a year until the new class of fans was selected and their plaques were displayed. At that point, the prior years winners had their names placed on a permanent wall plaque in the Hall of Fans wing of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Since the days of the original Visa promotion, this group of honorees has carried on the tradition of recognizing ultimate fans each year. Some of the fans are easily recognizable by their outfits and their nicknames This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Bookseller Inventory # 9781468574791
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About the Author: Harvey "Mr. Steeler" Aronson was born on May 19, 1959 in the North Hills area of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It was in 1971 that he became a sports fanatic when the Pittsburgh Pirates led by Roberto Clemente (Aronson's boyhood hero) won the World Series that year. His attention soon turned to football and the Pittsburgh Steelers. The first game he experienced was the 1972 Oakland Raiders/Steelers playoff game that became famous for Franco Harris's Immaculate Reception play that iced a 13-7 victory for the Steelers. From that point on, Mr. Steeler was a diehard Black and Gold fan and years later, would earn the nickname Mr. Steelers because of his around the clock devotion to the team. His fanship reached its pinnacle in 2001 when he won the Visa Hall of Fans Award for the Steelers and was honored in the "Hall of Fans" wing at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Mr. Steeler published a web site called "Steelers Hotline" from 1987 - 2003 and has served as a member of the Hoboken Steelers Fan Club and President of the official Steelers fan club in Jacksonville, Florida, First Coast Black and Gold. Mr. Steeler sports a Steelers helmet tatoo on his left shoulder, a Pittsburgh Pirate tatoo on his right bicep, and appeared in a 2003 Sports Illustrated commercial as well as featured in the NFL Films documentary, "Steeler Nation"
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