The Pittsburgh Steelers are a way of life for the Rine family.
“When Bella was born we took the terrible towel to the hospital with us. We knew that was going to be a big part of her life because it was a huge part of our lives,” said Jessica Rine.
Mom and Dad have always been black and gold fanatics, and their three children Bella, 8, Miley, 4, and Jackson 2, are no exception. They could be the Ohio Valley‘s youngest super fans.
“They understand it more than some adults, they understand it’s more than just football here. It’s tradition for us,” said Jessica.
The tradition begins with dad humming an iconic Steelers chant, and all three kids clapping and singing from their bedrooms.
“On Sunday, I get ready for church; I get my Steelers jersey on,” said Bella.
“When it’s a Steelers game I come down here give them high fives when they yell and scream or just get a towel,” said Miley.
They got their first terrible towels as toddlers, they have met players, and know their nick-names.
After linebacker James Harrison met the kids and joked that he was going to steal their teddy bear, the kids decided to name the bear “Debo” after him.
“I ripped it out of Debo’s arms because I’m so strong,” said Miley.
And, yes, they actually watch the games.
“I’m more excited when I come down and I see Big Ben winning,” said Bella.
If they aren’t in Heinz Field cheering, the family hosts a group of friends each week in their special Steelers room.
Pepperoni rolls, dips, wings, lots of cheering, and don’t forget the terrible towels. Miley, Bella, and Jackson are never far away.
“You know they won’t jump in front of the TV they’re not those kids, they won’t do it they know better. Because we’re watching the game and they are into it too,” said Jessica.
The Rine’s treat every game like a playoff game, but this one is extra special.
“But I’m really hoping to get that 7th ring,” said Jessica.