'Steelerettes' unlikely to return

Feb. 4, 2011 at 4:00 AM
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PITTSBURGH, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- A woman who served on the Pittsburgh Steelers' defunct cheerleading squad in the 1960s said she doesn't expect cheerleaders to return to the team anytime soon.

Dianne Feazell Rossini, who was a cheerleader with the Steelerettes squad in 1963, said she understands why then-owner Art Rooney, known as "The Chief," did away with the squad in 1969, The Fort Worth (Texas) Star-Telegram reported Thursday.

"The older I get, the more I agree with the Chief," Rossini said. "For a long time, I wished the Steelerettes had continued on to the glory days of the '70s. How exciting that would have been. My thoughts now are that most people pay to see a football game -- not ogle a bunch of girls. I don't think they really add anything to the game, except maybe provide something to watch when your team is losing badly."

She said cheerleaders are unlikely to return as long as the Rooney family remains at the helm of the team.

The Steelers will play Sunday in a cheerleader-less Super Bowl against the Green Bay Packers, one of the other six NFL teams without cheerleaders.

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