‘It’s been a long time:’ Four generations of Steelers fans gather in Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE (KDKA) — Sometimes football is a family affair, but Saturday night was special for a family with Pittsburgh ties in Jacksonville.

Helen Natko said she moved to Florida from the Mon Valley area because her heart will always bleed black and gold.

So much so that years later, his family is only putting down roots for Pittsburgh.

On Saturday, Helen was joined by women from four generations of her family at TIAA Bank Field for another milestone event: 12-year-old Olivia’s first-ever Steelers game.

“Born and raised near Pittsburgh, [for] Bradshaw, I was there when we booed him and we walked through him when they cheered him on, so it’s been a long time,” Helen said.

“I always said, if you lived in Pittsburgh, they inject you with it – you have no choice,” added Charmaine Hall, a Pittsburgh native living in Jacksonville.

“We’re all from Pittsburgh, so yeah, if I wasn’t in favor of the Steelers, I’d probably be on the street somewhere,” laughed Lindsey Hall.

Helen said she had attended dozens of games in her lifetime, dating back to when the Steelers called Forbes Field home.

They were treated to another Steelers victory as the team escaped with a 16-15 victory over the Jaguars.


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