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07/16/2011 03:17 pm ET | Updated Sep 15, 2011

Steelers Are More Like 1970s Raiders, Pittsburgh Columnist Says

Next time you hear somebody say, "The Steelers wouldn't sign a guy like that" or "The Steelers wouldn't draft a guy like that" -- intimating that the Steelers stay away from bad apples and controversial types -- feel free to laugh heartily in that person's face. For several hours.

Truth is, this franchise has become the modern-day version of the 1970s Oakland Raiders. Outlaws of the NFL. Some might view that as an insult (especially if they grew up in these parts hating those Raiders), others as a compliment.

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