Awesome. Amazing. Phenomenal. Once in a lifetime.
Those were the adjectives Steelers Nation Unite members used to describe what they experienced this past weekend. It's hard to blame them, as they found themselves among the Super Bowl XL champions and Steelers legends.
"To be able to see some of the people I grew up idolizing is a once in a lifetime experience," said Lori Williams of Ohio. "This is beyond phenomenal. I appreciate all Steelers Nation Unite has done to connect the fans with the players. It's awesome."
That was Williams reaction when talking about the experience she had just received, as Lori, her guests and two other Steelers Nation Unite members were part of the Super Bowl XL alumni team photo on Sunday morning. It was a "Who's who" of that team, with players in attendance including Jerome Bettis, Brett Keisel, James Farrior and Antwaan Randle El. Ben Roethlisberger and Greg Warren even popped in quickly to see their old teammates and be part of the photo.
That was hardly the only experience this weekend, though. On Saturday evening, five members and their guests were invited to the Alumni Dinner, where they scored access to the VIP area and got the opportunity to rub elbows with some of their favorite Steelers players.
"We didn't know what to expect," said Rebecca Birx on Saturday evening. "Walking into the room, just the environment was pretty awesome. Then the players slowly started coming in and we turned back to like we were 12 years old. They were just hanging out and going across the room and hugging each other. To just be in the middle of that is pretty incredible."
Indeed, it was incredible, as they got photos with a number of former players, including Hall of Famer Jerome Bettis and his backfield mate, Willie Parker.
Flash forward to Sunday and members again found themselves on the field as part of the Players Tunnel and Terrible Towel Twirl, which was led by "Fast" Willie himself.
Steelers Nation Unite members enjoyed exclusive access & unforgettable experiences during Alumni Weekend and the Steelers victory over the Cleveland Browns.
The biggest surprise of the day, though, may have come in the Heinz Field seats during the third quarter. 10 former players dispersed throughout the crowd to make surprise deliveries. Jeanie Van Scoyoc was seated in Section 516 and watching her team take care of business. She was informed earlier in the week to make sure was in her seat during the third quarter. That's when Brett Keisel and the Heinz Field scoreboard camera showed.
Signed jersey in hand, Van Scoyoc was shocked to see 'Da Beard' headed her way. With fans all around excited to see one of their favorites right in the seats, Van Scoyoc gave Keisel a big hug and was all smiles with her new piece of Steelers memorabilia.
While that was on the scoreboard, the likes of Casey Hampton, Max Starks, James Farrior, Kendall Simmons, Chidi Iwouma, Jeff Hartings, Bryant McFadden, Marvel Smith and Dan Kreider showed up at different spots around the stadium. It was a special moment that fans were afforded just for being members of Steelers Nation Unite.
During postgame, the members who were rewarded for checking in with field access, got an added bonus, as 10 fans drew lucky envelopes and signed jerseys of Super Bowl XL alumni, while the other fans scored Steelers gift cards.
Melissa Kibler was one of the jersey winners and couldn't believe it when it happened.
"This is just icing on the cake. I think I jumped up and down a little bit. I don't remember because I got so excited. I started to shake a little bit. I can't even put into words how I felt," she said.
The fact that her jersey was a Randle El one made it even better, as she says he has been her favorite Steeler since he wore the black and gold.
The excitement isn't contained just inside the stadium. This week, 10 members will be getting rewarded for interacting on social media with @SteelersUnite and sharing their favorite Super Bowl XL memories. The rewards that are headed their way? Signed jerseys from members of the Super Bowl XL team, of course.
With many opportunities to get rewarded with these types of experiences, both at the stadium and at home, Steelers Nation Unite is delivering something for fans all around the world.
It's free to join, so don't wait another minute, and sign up for free now at www.SteelersNationUnite.com.
Start getting rewarded for what you already do as a Steelers fan.