The Pro Bowl: Warner Steelers aren't a dynasty says Warner

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KAPOLEI, Hawaii -- The Super Bowl champion Steelers have no problem using the word "dynasty" when referring to their storied franchise and record six titles.


What: NFL Pro Bowl, 4:30 p.m.


Steelers: James Harrison and Troy Polamalu are scheduled to start for the AFC. James Farrior is an AFC reserve.

"We've got a new saying, 'Welcome to Sixburgh,'" Steelers linebacker James Farrior said after Pro Bowl practice Thursday.

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner, on the other hand, isn't as fast to use the D-word when referring to the Steelers, even though he acknowledges their excellence.

"I think dynasty is such a hard word in this day and age because when you think of dynasty, you think of dominance over everybody else," Warner said. "Maybe dynasty in games won or titles won, but I think there's just great parity around this league."

As an example of the balance in the NFL today, Warner pointed to the start of the playoffs where he said no one had any idea who would be in the Super Bowl. And many, if not everyone outside of Arizona, counted the Cardinals out.

"Yeah, they separated themselves and won the games and won the championship, but I look at dynasty different now," Warner said. "I don't know if there are any dynasties, or I think it's hard to come by."

The Steelers have won two of the past four Super Bowls. Before that, they appeared in just one in a span of 25 years, losing to the Dallas Cowboys in 1996.

Farrior said the Steelers' thrilling victory against the Cardinals that claimed the team's sixth Lombardi Trophy, "definitely put a mark in the NFL." They had been tied with Dallas and San Francisco at five titles.

But both of those teams haven't appeared in the Super Bowl since the mid-1990s. So are they considered dynasties?

The philosophical Polamalu, a member of the Steelers' past two championship teams, said he has thought about what the latest victory means, but won't fully understand until later on.

"When the season does end, you're able to put into perspective the legacy of the Pittsburgh Steelers as a whole, not in terms of a dynasty in the last few years," he said. "When you can put it in that perspective, it's pretty amazing, when you separate yourself in having six and everybody else having five."

Polamalu added that the "personality of the teams has never really changed throughout the existence of the Steelers."

NOTE -- The Cardinals fired defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast yesterday, less than a week after Arizona played the Steelers in the Super Bowl. "Like every decision, it comes down to what's best for the team and what gives us the best chance to win," coach Ken Whisenhunt said in a statement.


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