BALTIMORE - Bryce Kyburz and his wife, Jeni, spent Sunday afternoon watching the Steelers play the Ravens, just like so many other fans around the world. However, they weren't watching the game in their hometown of Austin, TX. Instead, they were in Baltimore at M&T Bank Stadium to watch the Steelers defeat the Ravens.
They weren't planning on being at the game, though. In fact, their attendance was a result of Bryce being a passionate and loyal member of Steelers Nation Unite. By reaching Hall of Fame level, he got himself automatically entered for a chance to win a road trip to an away game during the regular season. Much to his surprise, that opportunity came calling one week ago.
Sitting at work last Monday, Bryce received a call from the Pittsburgh Steelers. As the conversation with a team representative got started and he realized what was happening, the excitement was almost too much to handle.
"I just got goosebumps again [thinking about it]," he said of finding out he won. "My hands started to shake and I just couldn't believe it. My heart was beating fast and I was starting to shake. It was just a dream come true. I never thought I would get that phone call."
The Official Home of Steelers Nation, Steelers Nation Unite is how fans can stay connected with each other, with the team, and score a variety of benefits and rewards from wherever they follow the team. As members, fans can earn yards for a number of different activities at games, at events, and online. The more yards a member earns, the faster they rise across four member levels. Once a member reaches Hall of Fame level, they are automatically entered for a chance to win a trip to one of the team's away games during the season.
So, even though Bryce lives in Texas, he did everything he could to level up and get himself in a position to get rewarded. And it paid off in a big way.
"I love reading the stories about other fans. I love the giveaways, gaining yards, Huddles, the discounts you can get for purchases," he said of why he enjoys being a member. "I just love everything about it, like connecting with fans and connecting with the team."
For a lifelong Steelers fan, the trip was one to remember, and one that Bryce was happy to share with his wife and to tell his kids about. After all, Bryce is the one who turned his wife into a fan, and is doing the same as he raises his kids. He knows that being part of Steelers Nation is more than just rooting for a football team. It's a worldwide family.
"I was reading on SteelersNationUnite.com about someone who was coming in for a game from Germany. One of the fans said he was going to be at the game by himself, but that he knew he wouldn't be alone. That's what I really love," Bryce said.
"Everywhere we go there are Steelers fans. I love the Rooney family and how they run the organization. I love that the players give back to the community. I like the way they play football, I like the way they do business, and that's why I'm a Steelers fan."
To join Steelers Nation Unite and get a chance to win experiences like this and get rewarded for your fandom from wherever you follow the team, visit SteelersNationUnite.com now.