YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The Cleveland Browns have only won six out of 33 games against the Steelers since they returned to the NFL in 1999.
The disappointing statistic doesn’t stop Browns fans from cheering on their team against the black and gold.
“I’ve always been a Cleveland Browns fan. It’s better than being a Pittsburgh ‘squealer’ fan!” said Tom Turney of Youngstown.
Turney says the rivalry between the Steelers and the Browns is still alive. He proudly wears a shirt that reads, “Jesus Hates The Steelers.”
“I’m wearing the shirt, ain’t I? Read the shirt! All you gotta do is look at the shirt.”
Youngstown is smack-dab in the middle of Pittsburgh and Cleveland.
I asked Browns and Steelers fans if bragging rights even matter anymore between the teams.
“Absolutely. Always. This game is huge,” said Dan Naughton, President of Browns Backers Youngstown.
“It’s just another game for a Steelers fan, you know?” said Tom Edwards, a Pittsburgh fan from Poland. “A little stepping stone to the Super Bowl, that’s all this is.”
“In the past few years, the rivalry has kind of gone downhill. We’re hoping the Browns will get better to make the games a little more interesting,” said Ben DeJong of Columbiana, another Steelers fan.
At Primanti Brothers in Boardman, the crowd was mostly Steelers. The restaurant started in Pittsburgh.
For employees working there, the rivalry still thrives.
“We’re about half and half. Some people like the Steelers and some people like the Browns. So it will be nice to come to work tomorrow and be like, ‘We kicked butt,'” said server and Steelers fan Jazzmen Holloway.