In 1943, the Pittsburgh Steelers found themselves in a bind. Most of their players were away at war, and as summer practice dawned, they only had 6 players under contract. So Art Rooney contacted Bert Bell and pitched that they combine the two Pennsylvania teams. Bell went along, and the team officially known as the "Phil-Pitt Combined" was formed. But that name didn't exactly roll off the tongue, so when Pittsburgh Press writer Chet Smith used the term "Steagles" in a column, the name stuck.
The team was co-coached by Steelers coach Walt Kiesling and Eagles coach Greasy Neale. The primary problem with this arrangement was that the two men hated each other. Somehow, the team overcame the strange situation and the fact their coaches didn't get along to go 5-4-1. The next year, the Steelers were shorthanded again, but the Eagles didn't want to try the experiment again, so the Steelers joined forces with the Chicago Cardinals. The team was known as Card-Pitt, and it didn't take writers long to change that to "Carpets", as everybody else walked all over them on their way to an 0-11 season.
65% polyester, 35% cotton, Next Level shirt.
Part of the Shibe Originals collection - designs by Philly artists and exclusively available at Shibe Vintage Sports.
Remembering where it all started it part of the fun of being a fan
We are a split household, Steelers Eagles, everyone loves them. Super soft and comfy.
It’s very cool to have anything “Steagles” and this shirt is attractive, comfortable, and fits true to side.
HAVE HAD THIS SHIRT FOR A COUPLE YEARS NOW,THE FIT FEEL AND LOOK OF IT IS STILL LIKE NEW.ON THE STREET GET NOTHING BUT POSITIVE COMMENTS ON IT.
This T shirt recognizes a piece of the Eagles history. I like the color mix of the lettering. I get questions from people every time I wear it about the Steagles. The fit is a little more tailored than other t shirts, which I like. Keep coming up with new designs.