CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- If the flag out front isn't enough, check the scarf on his dog. If that doesn't convince you, the black and gold motif inside drives home the point that Mark Weaver is a true Steelers fan.
“It took (several) months,” said Weaver of the man cave in his Charlotte home. “It was the plan from the time we moved in here 14 years ago.”
He has all the necessities—a Bill Cowher painting, Terry Bradshaw’s helmet and, of course, the giant Steelers country banner, which goes to all the games.
“When you are here the Steelers fans outnumber the Panthers fans so we have no trouble at all,” he said.
He has autographs on pictures, cards and, of course, jerseys, which forces him to get creative.
“Last year when I went to training camp I bought a helmet and rented a kid to get autographs.” laughed Mark. “It was my aunt’s niece’s friend’s son.
The room is complete with Steelers-themed chair molding and a sweet flat screen with enormous leather sofas.
“I built the room for friends to watch football. You need sofas. I mean you can’t have guys on a love seat,” Weaver said.
Some of the nick nacks are a bit on the scary side, like his bottle of ketchup from 2005. Some of them are priceless, like his 1971 autographed World Series baseball. Others carry sentimental, value like his picture of Mike Wagner.
But the memento that tops it off is the copy of Terry Bradshaw’s paperback book “It’s no easy game.” You can find it all in Mark’s Steelers themed man cave, affectionately known as Heinz Field south.