When Pittsburgh joined the NFL in 1933, they were called the Pittsburgh Pirates. The name was changed to Steelers in 1940.
During WWII they also formed a team the with the Eagles for one season and were called the Steagles.
They played their first game on September 20, 1933 against the New York Giants.
The team that was nicknamed "The Steagles" was known as Phil-Pitt. Also in 1944 due to WWII, the Steelers and Chicago Cardinals merged to form Card-Pitt. The Steelers went back to their Steeler name in 1945.
The Pittsburgh Pirates.
From 1933-1939 the Steelers were named the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The Steelers were first named the Pittsburgh Pirates and in 1940 they were renamed the Steelers.
The Pittsburgh Pirates
The Pittsburgh Steelers changed their name from the Pittsburgh Pirates to The Pittsburgh Steelers in 1940
1933: Founded, as Pittsburgh Pirates1940: Name Change, Pittsburgh Steelers
The Steelers got they're name from the steel workers who worked in the factories of Pittsburgh.
The Pittsburgh Steelers were originally known as Pittsburgh Pirates. But later changed their name because Pittsburgh was and still is a big steel industry city.
The Pirates became the Steelers in 1940.
The Steelers had their current name twice in their history.Pittsburgh Pirates (1933-1939)Pittsburgh Steelers (1940-1942)Phil-Pitt "Steagles" (1943)Card-Pitt (1944)Pittsburgh Steelers (1945-present)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania's NFL football team name is the Pittsburgh Steelers.