Steelers pride in every dive

Written by Edgar Ramirez on .

Just look at the world around you
Right here on the ocean floor
Such wonderful things surround you
What more is you lookin' for?
("Under the Sea" from Disney's "The Little Mermaid")

How about a Terrible Towel?

Well, the big blue deep found one, courtesy of Michael Burnside from Charlotte, N.C.


Mr. Burnside — a Steelers fan since the age of 5 — showed his black and yellow pride while diving off the coast of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, last Thursday.

What parts of the world have you taken your Terrible Towel to? We want to see! Send us your photo and story to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Update: We have more Terrible Towel submissions!

From Stephen Romick:

"Steeler Nation from Spain, Summer 2013. We lived in the small city of Segovia, Spain, where the ancient Roman aqueduct stands in the middle of the city. Of course, we had to bring our Terrible Towel for a classic picture."


Pictured: Morgan Schuler and Stephen Romick (Photo courtesy of Stephen Romick)


From John Murphy in San Diego, Calif.:

"This was taken May 2015 from our hotel balcony in Oahu, Hawaii. We also took our Terrible Towels to the Steelers vs. Charger game earlier this month. Awesome game! My wife & I were born and raised in Pittsburgh, but have lived in San Diego for 35 years. Will forever be Steelers fans!"



From Doug Bernstein: 

"I was born and raised in Pittsburgh, but when my wife [Doris] and I met, she was living and working in Paris. When we got engaged in April 2009, we had party in Paris to celebrate and it was only natural that we displayed a Terrible Towel at the festivities.  After all, the Steelers had just beaten the Cardinals in Superbowl XLIII! Go Steelers!"

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 From Master Sgt. Todd Copic:

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"Here are a couple of my son and I when we were deployed to the Middle East a couple years ago. One is us floating in the Dead Sea and the other is us at Petra in Jordan (pictured below).... I have taken my Terrible Towel on nearly every military deployment I have been on: Turkey, Spain, Sicily, Qatar, Iraq, Jordan (Dead Sea and Petra), Djibouti, Kuwait, Portugal, numerous stateside places and nearly 50 Steelers games. It's old and smelly but I love telling people where it has been."

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From Angela Gray:


"July 2015 - My husband [Carson] and I traveled throughout the Southwest, exploring many of the incredible national and ​state parks in Arizona, Utah and Nevada.  This specific picture with our beloved Terrible Towel was taken in Zion National Park high atop the Canyon Overlook Trail.  At that altitude, it almost felt like we were showing our Steelers pride to the whole world!  It's always special having that little piece of home with us on our adventures."


From Raymond Robinson, 40, Pittsburgh:

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"As a lifelong Steelers fan, I don't travel without my terrible towel. Here I am in front of General Sherman, a giant sequoia in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in California. General Sherman is the largest tree on the world by volume."


From Jeff Zeiders of Mt. Lebanon:


"Near the summer solstice of 2014, my wife Victoria's pink Terrible Towel accompanied me on the ascent of the UK's highest mountain, Ben Nevis, Scotland. The towel's appearance at the summit permitted a wee dram of a toast to her for a dozen years removed from the scourge of breast cancer."


A couple submissions from Raymond Robinson of Pittsburgh:

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"Honeymooning in Sedona, Arizona, in front of Frank Lloyd Wright's,  Chapel of the Holy Cross."


"For 'House of Cards' fans, terrible towel at the Peachoid water tower in Gaffney, South Carolina."


 "Pit Stop in Vernal, UT, aka Dinosaur Land."


From Rick & Nancy P.:


"Our Terrible Towel has been a lot of places.  The most recent trip was a couple weeks ago where it showed up at the Leaning Tower of Pisa!  In 2008, it was at the Sydney, Australia Opera House."

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From Rachel Dailey:

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"I recently went on a trip to Shanghai, China this past May. I made sure to take my Terrible Towel with me, just like I have on my previous two trips to China, and this time I gave our East China Normal University program director Chrissie a Terrible Towel. I explained the tradition behind it and even taught her how to twirl a Terrible Towel! This is a picture of me, Chrissie, and her son Yoyo at Pudong International Airport before I left China."


UPDATE: You Steelers fans don't disappoint. We asked for some submissions from Africa, South America and Antarctica and sure enough within a couple of hours, yinz stepped stepped forward with these.

From Scott H:

"We've taken our Steeler Pride all over the world, but since you asked for Africa, I thought I would send the attached.  It's on the northern edge of the continent, but Egypt is in Africa!"

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From Phil Teplitz:

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"Two from the Argentina/Chile border in 2012 [pictured above], and two from Iceland in 2013."

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From Nick Kukets, born and raised Pittsburgh:


"This picture was taken in Petra Jordan while deployed in the Middle East.. This towel was  all over the Middle East and also seen the Arabian Gulf, Red Sea, Dead Sea, Mediterranean Sea, Adriatic Sea, Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico.  Following countries include Italy, Serbia, Montenegro, Croatia."


From Dan, born and raised in Shaler, and Yuki Barto:


 "This picture was taken in Nagoya, Japan in August of 2014 shortly after my wedding.  It was quite a celebration with my new family.  My in laws and nieces are now big fans."


From Steve McIveen: 

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"My daughter Courtney McIlveen in 2012 after climbing Machu Picchu on her trip to Cusco and Lima, Peru as a student at Duquesne University.  Representing the Black and Gold on the Pacific coast of South America."

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 From Charles Baines:

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 "This past June I took my girlfriend on an Ireland vacation. I saw several Steeler fans while there. This is me at the cliffs of Moher showing my Steeler pride. I proposed to her 15 minutes after this was taken. She said yes!"


From Cyndi Feichtel of Catasauqua, Pa.:


"This picture was taken in Negril, Jamaica.  My husband, Steve Feichtel, takes his towel everywhere we go!"


From Mallory Skarupa, a McCandless Township native:

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"In Ehrenberg, Austria at the world's longest suspension bridge and the old fort there."

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From Bridget Fink of Pittsburgh: 

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"My 2 daughter's are huge Steelers fans thanks to their father & grandfather who passed his season tickets down to them! Ali Fink in Reykjavik Iceland with her terrible towel [pictured above] & her younger sister Melissa Fink wearing Big Ben jersey in England in front of Big Ben [pictured below], while holding her terrible towel. Another shot of [Ali] holding her towel after Steelers won AFC Championship game!"

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 From Kerry Keegan Mulhern:


"My boys Ronan and Damien Mulhern, August 2014. Slieve League, Co. Donegal, Ireland. Highest cliffs in Europe."


 From Lauren Scott and Krista Statts:


"Go Steelers from The Gorge in Washington!! Sorority sisters from Pittsburgh, living out west reunite for Dave Matthews Band at The Gorge in Washington state. And of course we represent!!! #blackandyellow"


From Ashley Thurby Kolesar:


 "Being huge Steeler fans, we (My husband, Rich, and I) took a picture with our Terrible Towel on our honeymoon this past June in Nassau, Bahamas. This Terrible Towel is an extremely special one for me because I got it when I traveled with the Steelers to London to the game at Wembley Stadium with my Dad. I used this same London edition of the terrible Towel for photos with my bridesmaids and friends for my bachelorette party, making w special stop at my favorite place, Heinz Field! Each of the girls brought along their own Terrible Towels for the occasion."




From Karen Steer of Alexandria, Va.,:



"On a training mission while in Liberia, West Africa. I turned my new friends into Steelers fans!"


From Sally Wiggin of WTAE:



 "On 40th anniversary of #TerribleTowel my photo of Elise Larsen in Antarctica! 12/2008. Her husband's a Pittsburgher"


From Justin McGonigle:

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"Super Bowl 43."


A couple of submissions from Santiago Arenas Palancares:

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"My father and I are Mexican Steelers fans, and whenever we travel, we take our towel with us! I'm living in the UK right now, and went on a trip to Spain (specifically Madrid, Barcelona and Toledo), and my father went to the Patagonia, down in Argentina."


A couple from Preston Hartman:


"I took the terrible towel with me on my rafting trip down the Green River in Desolation and Grey canyons in Dinosaur National Park, Utah during a month long trip in 2008."


"The Terrible Towel from the southern most point of the United States - Key West, FL."


 From Greg Toth, originally of Baldwin:

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"The Pittsburgh Steelers and Myron's towel-More notable than the Mona Lisa in #Paris — at Musée du Louvre."


"My son's (Mac) graduation gift, a trip to the Netherlands-Amsterdam would not be complete without the towel flying high in the red zone."


A submission via Twitter:


From Annie Latta:

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"Attached is a picture of me with my Terrible Towel atop the 1,000+ year old Banyon Temple at Angkor Wat in Cambodia.  I was born and raised in Pittsburgh but now live in Atlanta because my boyfriend works for the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).  He had a temporary work assignment in Cambodia in 2013 and I was able to go with him and travel the country for a couple of weeks.  Angkor Wat is an amazing place!  So glad my Towel and I were able to go!"

From Doug Tammaro:


"I live in Phoenix, but grew up in Ellwood City, Class of 1987. This was taken in China in August of 2013. GO STEELERS!"

From Deb Weber of West Mifflin: 


"The Terrible Towel traveled to Quito, Ecuador with Louis Weber of West Mifflin, Pa on a service trip with Waynesburg University in 2013. The villager is from a Equatorial village built around a monument marking the center of the earth in Mitad del Mundo Square. The Terrible Towel is in both the northern and southern hemisphere at the same time!"


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"Lou Weber from West Mifflin, PA taking the Terrible Towel for a ride on the world's longest zip line in Icey Straights, Alaska."


From Pat O'Donnell of the South Side:


"Attached is a picture of myself, Pat O'Donnell, and my friend Robert Ward, at the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, one of the seven summits, with our terrible towel....At Africa's highest point, the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, we could not bend over to open our packs for fear of losing consciousness to altitude sickness. Naturally, we asked our guide to pull our Terrible Towel from our bag, so we could snap this photo to represent Steeler Nation."


Via Twitter:

A couple from Art Harley:

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"This picture was taken in November 2008 in Balboa, Panama on the Panama Canal.  I was on deployment in the submarine USS Pittsburgh SSN 720."


"This photo was taken in Gibraltar while on deployment in December 2008 while I was stationed on USS Pittsburgh."


"This photo was taken of the USS Pittsburgh in Groton, CT when we were returning to port after deployment on February 4, 2009, two days after the Steelers won Super Bowl XLIII.  I talked the captain into allowing me to create a 3 foot by 5 foot Terrible Towel to fly from the sail as we drove in from sea to show our support to the Steelers and the city of Pittsburgh.  The second picture [above] is a close up of the actual flag I have."

A couple from Mike Manley:



"This was taken atop the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. 42 years old. Lifetime Steelers Fan. I take my towel all around the world. Here are just a few places."




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"I work in Philadelphia for American Airlines but my parents are from DA burgh so I have attached a photo of me with Swoop the Eagles mascot and I have taken my towel to Hawaii on top of diamond head and last but not least one photo with a very funny comedian named Gary Owen who is a Bengals fan!!"

From Doug Owens of Plymouth, Minn.:

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"Went all the way to San Pedro Belize and took my trusty terrible towel along for the ride. Go Steelers!!!"


From Bruce Robbins:


"Bleed BLACK AND GOLD!!! From the GREAT WALL!!!"

From Diana Mertens:

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"Steeler fans in Georgia here (I was born and raised in Pittsburgh). This is my three year old daughter Annika getting in some pregame towel-waving practice when the Steelers visited the Falcons in December 2014. After the game she danced around in her Steelers dress and got lots of attention."



We got this via Facebook: "Currently deployed with PA National Guard to Middle East just showing our support!!!!"

Pictured from top left to bottom right: Adam Horning (Pittsburgh police), Gabe figueroa (Pittsburgh police), Erik hood (Pittsburgh fire), Eric Davis (Pittsburgh fire)


From Matt Pella:

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"My wife and I honeymooned in Bora Bora recently. And we don't travel anywhere without our Terrible Towel."



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