Super Bowl fervor was in the air Saturday at the College Street Pub in Waxahachie, where football fans gathered to get autographs and take photos with former Pittsburgh Steeler Chuck Beatty and former Dallas Cowboy Broderick Sargent.

“So far, so good it has been. We have taken a few pictures with some kids and signed a few autographs. We are doing our part for the Super Bowl weekend,” Beatty said. “There are some mixed feels with Green Bay and Pittsburgh, but you know where my heart is, it’s with the Steelers. We are just enjoying the food and the great fellowship with fans.”

Among the fans on hand was Alan Scheer of Midlothian, who remembered Beatty from his playing days.

“I have been a Steelers fan for 35 years and it started off with the big championship games against the Cowboys. I’d sit in the living room and watch it from end to end,” Scheer said. “I liked Franco Harris running up the middle a lot. I always tell people that Terry Bradshaw was much better than Roger Staubach.”

College Street Pub owner Wayne Strickland said when Beatty approached him about the idea it seemed like a good way to bring people downtown.

“Chuck approached me a week or so ago and said, ‘Hey, what is going on in town for the Super Bowl?’ And I said, ‘Unfortunately we don’t have anything organized that I can tell from the city or chamber perspective.’ He said, ‘How about me coming down and doing a little bit of an autograph season and doing some pictures? I’ll attempt to bring some of my friends from the Steelers and local football celebrities.’ We were more than happy to do it,” Strickland said.

“I had a lady call from Ovilla yesterday that said she read the article in the paper. She owns a bed and breakfast out there and had some Steeler fans staying with her out there, so she plans on bringing them here rather than taking them up to Arlington,” he said.

At the restaurant and celebrating the upcoming game were brothers Kevin and Jeff Dawson, who became fans of the team through their father. Their father grew up north and passed his love of the team with his sons. As Steeler fans, some of their favorite moments include the catch Santonio Holmes made in the end zone against the Cardinals at the 2008 Super Bowl and the 2005 Super Bowl, which was the last game for Jerome Bettis, who retired after the Steelers win. 

“We are down here in support of Chuck,” Sargent said. “It is a great opportunity for the Super Bowl to be in Arlington. It is an exciting time as an ex-football player and a fan of the sport to be a part of the festivities that are going on.

“I was kind of rooting for the Cowboys since I played for the Cowboys,” he said. “Growing up I was a Steelers fan since Chuck played for the Steelers. I think that it will be a competitive game and something that that the fans will always remember,” he said.

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