Styx is scheduled to perform the national anthem before the Steelers host the Chiefs, as the band is in attendance to honor a friend and one of their biggest fans.
The band recently performed at Pittsburgh’s Benedum Theater, and dedicated the performance to former Steeler and recent Hall of Fame inductee Kevin Greene. At halftime, Greene will be awarded his Hall of Fame ring.
Greene grew up a Styx fan, and befriended the band in 2001. But Styx have another connection to the Steelers: the song “Renegade” has it’s own place in the team’s history.
According to legend, the Steelers were losing 24-7 in the third quarter of a 2002 matchup against the Cleveland Browns. A crew member played the Styx classic during a commercial break, and the song energized the crowd. After the Steelers came back and defeated the Browns 36-33, head coach Bill Cowher credited Renegade with the comeback.
Maybe he didn’t. But the song is now played during the third quarter of every game at Heinz Field, accompanied by a video compilation of Steelers highlights.
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