Rick Holman has never missed a Steelers game at Heinz Field. Ever.
Published on Wednesday, Jan 9th, 2019
One of the first questions someone will ask you when they learn you are from Pittsburgh is “Are you a Steelers fan?” Which usually receives a response along the lines of “Is the Pope Catholic?” Some might even go so far as to argue that football is a religion in Western Pennsylvania. Football games are on Sundays, often right after church. I can’t think of anything else that unites Pittsburghers like Steelers football. You can be downtown on a Friday before a Steelers game, and everyone from the waitress at the restaurant to the lawyer at the fancy law firm is wearing a Steelers jersey. We caught up with Steelers Fan Rick Holman, who has been recognized for his commitment to the team.
A Hall of Fame for Football Fans
Ford, as in Ford cars and trucks, has launched the Ford Hall of Fans. Think Pro Football Hall of Fame but for pro football fans instead of players. Ford selected six super fans from across the nation and is asking football fans to review the nominations and vote for the fan that is “most hall-worthy.”
One of the six fans to be nominated to the Ford Hall of Fans is Steelers Fan Rick Holman. Earlier this year, Rick was featured on the Steelers Nation Unite website because he has attended every single home game at Heinz Field. A season ticket holder since 2001, Rick has not missed a home game.
Since Heinz Field opened in 2001, @SteelersUnite member Rick Holman has never missed a home game.
— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) November 16, 2018
Rick sold almost everything for Steelers season tickets
Rick, a trach who lives in Beaver, now has four season tickets to the Steelers. As a college student, he sold everything to get the seat license. There were even a few years he attended games by himself, selling the second ticket so he could afford to keep the seats. Since 2001, the year Heinz Field first opened, Rick has attended 193 games, including preseason and playoff games. He has also been to all three of the Super Bowls that the Steelers have played in since 2001.
A Super Steelers Fan & Surprise Visitor
Terry Bradshaw returned to Pittsburgh to surprise a Steelers fan. Find out why from us and @Ford Motor Company #FordHallofFanshttp://www.fordhalloffans.com/?srccode=501061-014&utm_source=facebooknfl&utm_medium=socialmedia&utm_campaign=PFHOF2018
Posted by Pro Football Hall of Fame on Thursday, January 3, 2019
The folks from Ford learned about Rick’s track record and showed up with a camera crew, and a surprise guest knocked on his front door. We asked Rick about how the nomination to the Ford Fan Hall of Fame. He knew something was up when they sent a camera crew from Los Angeles but was blown away by the guest who knocked on his door. I asked Rick what it was like to meet Terry Bradshaw, Rick’s response [it was like] “he’d been my old neighbor for the last 30 years.”
I asked Rick what it would mean for the first fan inducted into the Hall of Fans to be a Steelers Fan. His response captures the Steelers fan spirit… “it is the pinnacle of anything you could ever imagine.”
Vote for the Steelers Fan
You can vote for Rick Holman on the Ford Hall of Fans website, while you are there you can enter to win a trip to Super Bowl LIII on February 3 in Atlanta.
Follow Rick on Twitter @RHolmanll and use #FordHallofFans hashtag to join the conversation.
[Photo: Rick Holman & Terry Bradshaw. Photo credit: Rick Holman. ]