Steelers Nation Unite

Members talk Steelers Nation Unite experiences

Check out photos of Steelers Nation from the team's preseason game against the Buffalo Bills on Saturday, August 29, 2015.

Deep in the heart of Bills country, Steelers Nation had a noticeable presence in and around Ralph Wilson Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Among the crowd were Steelers fans representing from Seattle, Washington and St. Catharines, Ontario, as well as the state of New York and surrounding areas.

Robin Reece, who hails from St. Catharines, Ontario, is a diehard Steelers fan and loves anytime she gets to go out and support her team.

"My rec room is all Steelers. My truck is Steelers. I'm the Steeler Girl of St. Catharine's," said Reece. "I've been a diehard fan since I was in diapers. I'm going to see my first game in Pittsburgh after 35 years on December 6, and I am so excited," said Reece.

So when Steelers Nation Unite came to be last season, joining was a no-brainer.

"I love it. You get updates, you get to be up close and interact with the players – it's just the best," said Reece.

The phone message members received from Bud Dupree the day after he was drafted earlier this year still stands out in Reece's mind.

"The phone call I got right after the draft, it was just mind-blowing. It was that first 'Wow, I'm on the list. I'm really part of this,' moment. After that I got so many people signed up for it," Reece said.

What Reece said she truly appreciates, though, is the fact that the team recognizes her for being part of Steelers Nation.

"I'm all the way up in Canada and they still recognize me just because I'm part of Steelers Nation," said Reece.

There was also a Steelers Nation Unite member in attendance on Saturday who scored a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Alicen Yonts of Penn Yan, NY, was the winner of the 2015 NFL Draft sweepstakes, where she presented the jersey for first-round pick Bud Dupree live on stage to Commissioner Roger Goodell.

Attending the game with her husband, Matt, and a group of friends and Steelers fans, Yonts still gets excited when she thinks back to that weekend earlier this year.

"It's pretty intense still," Yonts said. "Anytime someone asks me I get goosebumps talking about it. I have a permasmile still."

It's also no surprise that Yonts immediately started recruiting her friends and fellow Steelers fans to sign up for Steelers Nation Unite.

"Our whole bus that came today are members now and #SNUproud," said Yonts. "I tell everybody to join it because you never know what you can win."

Yonts is, undoubtedly, proof of that.

To join Steelers Nation Unite and be officially recognized as a member of Steelers Nation, visit http://steelersnationunite.com/ now. Signing up is free and only requires an email address and a password.

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