The Terrible Towel came into being in 1975, when a Pittsburgh radio station decided a rally gimmick was needed as the Steelers headed into the playoffs. After the Steelers went on to win the Super Bowl that season, the Terrible Towels became an essential part of team lore, and they follow the team on its travels across the United States.
Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence will get his first taste of the Pittsburgh atmosphere on Sunday when the Jags visit the Steelers as part of Week 8 action in the NFL. On Thursday, he offered his thoughts on what the experience might be like — and the 24-year-old seems more than ready.
Trevor and the Terrible Towels
When asked Thursday if he knew what awaited him at Acrisure Stadium this weekend, Lawrence appeared to ding Steelers‘ fans longtime practice of waving the Terrible Towels — one of North American sport’s more iconic markers of fandom that has proven intimidating to opposing teams throughout the years.
No, I know what they are, the little yellow towels that they swing around.
Lawrence knows the challenge that awaits the Jaguars, and he explained that he is very much looking forward to taking on the Terrible Towels, with Jacksonville staring at an impressive 6-2 start to the 2023 season.
“I’m excited. It’s definitely one to check off the list, like playing in cool stadiums, historic places,” Lawrence said. “You always know what kind of team Pittsburgh’s going to have every year. Super physical, great defense, their offense is playing really well.”
Lawrence improving in Year 3
With another strong showing on Sunday, Lawrence can only cement his standing as one of the NFL‘s top young passers.
A Pro Bowl selection following a strong 2022 campaign, Lawrence continues to improve under head coach Doug Pederson. The former #1 overall pick has tossed eight touchdowns to just three interceptions, and he boasts a career-best completion percentage of 67.4 percent.
At 5-2 entering Sunday’s game, Jacksonville is in pole position to repeat as AFC South champions and has shown little sign of being bothered by the tougher schedule.