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Exhibit: Steelers fans do more than just cheer


PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Fans of some teams claim to "live and die" with their teams. But Pittsburgh Steelers fans really do, according to the organizers of a local university exhibit of fan artifacts that attempts to make sense of Steeler Nation.

The most macabre artifact is a picture of a dead man, 55-year-old James Henry Smith whose 2005 funeral home viewing saw his body poised in a recliner in front of a television showing Steelers highlights.

That, says Astria Suparak, director of Carnegie Mellon University's Miller Gallery where the exhibit "Whatever it Takes: Steelers Fan Collections, Rituals and Obsessions" is running through Sunday, is Steelers fandom in a nutshell.

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