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Which was the best of the Steelers' Super Bowl teams?

AP - Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw (12) prepares to hand off the ball to running back Rockey Bleier against the Dallas Cowboys in Super Bowl XIII on Jan. 21, 1979, in Miami. The Steelers defeated the Cowboys, 35-31. (AP File Photo)
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>AP</em></div>Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw (12) prepares to hand off the ball to running back Rockey Bleier against the Dallas Cowboys in Super Bowl XIII on Jan. 21, 1979, in Miami. The Steelers defeated the Cowboys, 35-31. (AP File Photo)
- Steelers wide receiver Lynn Swann (88) dives as he catches a pass during Super Bowl X in 1976 at the Orange Bowl in Miami. (AP File Photo)
Steelers wide receiver Lynn Swann (88) dives as he catches a pass during Super Bowl X in 1976 at the Orange Bowl in Miami. (AP File Photo)
AP - Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw winds up to fire a pass during Super Bowl XIII against the Dallas Cowboys on Jan. 21, 1979, in Miami. Bradshaw fired four touchdown passes and shattered two Super Bowl passing records in leading the Steelers to a 35-31 win over the Cowboys. At left, is Steelers Franco Harris and at right Cowboys Thomas Henderson (56). (AP file)
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>AP</em></div>Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw winds up to fire a pass during Super Bowl XIII against the Dallas Cowboys on Jan. 21, 1979, in Miami. Bradshaw fired four touchdown passes and shattered two Super Bowl passing records in leading the Steelers to a 35-31 win over the Cowboys.  At left, is Steelers Franco Harris and at right Cowboys Thomas Henderson (56).   (AP file)

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The panel

Vic Carucci SiriusXM NFL radio host, formerly of Buffalo News, covered NFL for 40 years

Dave Goldberg

Covered NFL for 27 years, longtime AP pro football writer

Rick Gosselin

Dallas Morning News NFL columnist, covered league for 33 years, in writers' wing of Pro Football Hall of Fame

Bill Hillgrove

Steelers play-by-play announcer since 1994, Pittsburgh sportscaster for 44 years

Guy Junker

TribLive Radio host, WTAE-TV sports anchor, Pittsburgh sportscaster since 1980s

Dejan Kovacevic

Tribune-Review columnist, Pittsburgh sports writer for 23 years

Gary Mihoces

Covered NFL for 31 years for USA Today, once covered Steelers

Ira Miller

Longtime NFL writer for San Francisco Chronicle, covered Steelers in 1970s, in writers' wing of Pro Football Hall of Fame

Alby Oxenreiter

WPXI-TV sports director, Pittsburgh sportscaster for 27 years

Bob Pompeani

KDKA-TV sports director, covered Steelers for 31 years

Stan Savran

970 ESPN Radio talk show host and Root Sports anchor, Pittsburgh sportscaster for 37 years

Len Shapiro

Covered NFL since 1969 for Washington Post and Miami Herald, writers' wing of Pro Football Hall of Fame

Joe Starkey

Tribune-Review columnist, Pittsburgh sports writer for 20 years

John Steigerwald

TribLive Radio host, Pittsburgh sportscaster for 36 years

Vito Stellino

Florida Times-Union NFL writer for nearly 50 years, writers' wing of Pro Football Hall of Fame

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The voting ballot

A panel of 15 NFL media members was polled to determine the ranking of the Steelers' six Super Bowl-winning teams. Voting was done on a 6-5-4-3-2-1 basis:

1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th Tot.

1978 9 3 2 0 1 0 79

1975 4 8 1 1 0 1 72

1979 1 1 6 2 3 2 49

1974 1 0 5 5 2 2 47

2008 0 2 1 4 3 5 37

2005 0 1 0 3 6 5 31

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