Former Steeler Rich Erenberg Heads to Super Bowl XLV
Peters Township resident a part of a special fraternity of Steelers alumni.
Rich Erenberg will be in Dallas to see the Steelers play the Packers in Super Bowl XLV.
The former Steelers running back is taking his eldest son, Andrew, a football player at Peters Township High School, to the game, and will be pulling for the black and gold to pick up the franchise’s seventh championship. It will mark the second time Erenberg will watch the Steelers compete for the Lombardi Trophy.
“I think that when you’re in that fraternity of being a Pittsburgh Steeler, you are very proud of the fact that the team is going back to the Super Bowl," he said.
“You just marvel in the success of the organization and how it is run, and how they’ve put together a string of playoff contender teams. You just feel very proud to be part of that fraternity. There aren’t many guys that can say they were ex-Pittsburgh Steelers.”
Erenberg played three seasons for the Steelers from 1984 to 1986. He got closest to the Super Bowl in his 1984 rookie season, when the Steelers lost to the Miami Dolphins in the AFC Championship. In that game, Erenberg scored a touchdown in the 45-28 loss at the Orange Bowl Stadium.
It was the same season where Erenberg out-rushed Eric Dickerson in a regular season game against the then Los Angeles Rams.
Although his team did not make the Super Bowl, Erenberg was on a roster that included such players as Terry Bradshaw, Bennie Cunningham, Franco Harris, Donnie Shell, Robin Cole, Jack Lambert and Mike Webster, not to mention that he was part of the Chuck Noll era of coaching.
“Every one of the guys that plays the game wants to get to the Super Bowl and become a champion,” he said.
“We all want to be the best we can be, and many times you work hard your whole career and never make it. To finally get to the cusp and be on the brink of playing there is just a tremendous feeling. There’s just a lot of excitement.”
Erenberg is now one of the principals in CC Realty Advisors, Ltd. It’s a full-service advisory company specializing in redevelopment, ownership and disposition of income-producing properties in the U.S. Its corporate offices are located near his home in Peters, and in Houston, Texas.
Aside from his corporate career, Erenberg still maintains in the fraternity with others who were part of the Steelers organization.
“There are still a lot of guys living in the Pittsburgh area, and you get to see them at things such as celebrity shoots and charity events,” he said.
Among the most recent events was an event to commemorate Flight 93, which crashed over Central Pennsylvania on Sept. 11, and numerous charity events during the year.
“Those things keep us together,” Erenberg said. “It keeps the camaraderie and the common thread of being a Steeler.”
As far as which team is going to win the Super Bowl?
“Certainly we’ll be rooting for the Steelers,” Erenberg said. “When you get to a game like this it’s anybody’s game. The team that wins will make the least amount of mistakes, the least amount of turnovers and will force or make a big play in a very important situation."
“When you’ve got a team on the field with guys like Roethlisberger, Polamalu and James Harrison, who are big-play guys, they rise to the occasion," Erenberg said. "I think that gives the Steelers a significant advantage.”