It is no secret that my dedication to the Pittsburgh Steelers, Pirates, Penguins and Panthers runs deep. In fact, from the cradle to the grave I am a football fanatic who bleeds Steelers colors since day 1, my mom and pops would’ve insisted there be a Terrible Towel in my crib. Being born and raised in Butler, Pennsylvania I learned early that life is about 5 things – family, friends, hard work, sports and having a great time. There was a work hard/play hard mentality and everyone looked forward to Sunday or Monday when the Steelers took the field.

As a lifelong Type 1 diabetic, growing up some of my most awesome memories were putting on some music and playing football down by the river with friends, pretending to throw a touchdown pass like Terry Bradshaw or put a hit on someone like Jack Lambert with the roar of the crowd in our ear. When it got too dark to see the ball we’d line up our old broken down cars and turn the headlights on to see. This past summer I returned to Butler, PA to be honored by the mayor as he declared “Bret Michaels Day” in front of a sold out record breaking crowd at my concert. While I was in town I brought my daughter Jorja to visit my pops and check out some of the places I used to hang out in as a kid. Pops and I visited Steelers Training Camp and got to hang out with my awesome friends Troy Polamalu and head coach Mike Tomlin. We also took in some dad/daughter time at a Pittsburgh Pirates game and took batting practice with my good friend Andrew McCutchen or “The Cutch” as I call him. Cutch joking said “Man Bret, you hit the ball harder and father than Ben Roethlisberger”. Cutch may have been stretching it, but it was good to hit a few.

I was also honored to donate my personal custom Pittsburgh Steelers guitar to be put on display at the Hard Rock in Pittsburgh. It was an awesome day and all in good fun!

This Monday October 20th the Steelers take to the field on ESPN Monday Night Football vs. the Houston Texans and I’ve been asked by the Steelers to be the lease the charge for Steelers Fans Unite. I have an urgent message for you my fellow Steel City Faithful…Steelers Fans Unite like you have never united before, twirl your Terrible Towel and let’s put the rubber to the road for a big W in the win column. Have fun, get it done and get loud so that my good friend Jon Gruden can hear you in the press box.

Yinz can do this!

– Bret Michaels

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