This is a huge song for the Pittsburgh Steelers football team
, which typically plays it in the second half when the team is on defense, accompanied by a jumbotron video designed to pump up the crowd. As the song builds, the fans and players get hyped up, going into a frenzy when the scream comes in and the track picks up. Fueled by Styx-powered adrenaline, the defense often makes stand, setting the stage for a strong finish.
A team marketing assistant named Mike Marchinsky suggested the song after listening to the Styx Greatest Hits
album on his way to work. This was in 2001, when the Steelers moved to a new stadium: Heinz Field. That season, with the team down 24-7 in a playoff game against the Cleveland Browns, the song ignited the Steelers, who came back to win. After that game, it became a regular feature and a tactical tool - the coaches will sometimes call for it in key situations. It proved especially effective during the 2008 season that culminated with the Steelers Super Bowl XLIII win.