Ford truck

Johnstown resident Joseph Hochstein (right) is the winner of the 2018 official truck of the Pittsburgh Steelers in Neighborhood Ford Store’s Toughest Truck, Toughest Team sweepstakes.

PITTSBURGH – After three Toms in a row won the official truck of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Neighborhood Ford Store’s Board of Directors was sort of relieved when Joseph Hochstein’s winning entry was drawn. Finally, a Joe and not another Tom!

Little did they know, the name game would continue. When Mr. Hochstein answered the call that he’d won – there was another Joseph Hochstein nearby the phone, his son.

“I asked which Joseph Hochstein won because my son and I share the same name,” recalls the retired physical therapy aide. “From the information on the entry form, they were able to verify that I was the winner.”

Both father and son entered Neighborhood Ford Store’s Toughest Truck, Toughest Team sweepstakes at Steelers Training Camp at St. Vincent College.

Mr. Hochstein’s entry was chosen as the winner from among tens of thousands of entries this year, entitling him to receive the keys to a Steelers-wrapped 2018 Ford F-150 XLT SuperCrew 4x4 with standard features and four tickets to Sunday’s Pittsburgh Steelers home game against the Cincinnati Bengals. The presentation of the keys took place this afternoon in the Ford Fan Zone of Heinz Field and was aired via Facebook Live and Instagram Live.

This is the seventh official truck of the Pittsburgh Steelers that Neighborhood Ford Store has given away in its eight years as a sponsor of the team.

“Our Board of Directors was so happy when they learned this year’s winner was from Johnstown, Pa., too. Neighborhood Ford Store has 80 dealers in this region and we’re delighted that the winners who have been drawn have come from all over our area,” Kathy Wagler, 2018 Neighborhood Ford Store Chairperson, said.

Mr. Hochstein has been a devoted Steelers fan since the age of six and has missed only four games since that time. In addition, he has a true Ford family, surrounded by relatives who drive F-Series trucks, Mustangs and Explorers.

“When I entered at Training Camp this year, I said right there, ‘I claim this truck, it’s going to be mine,’ ” Mr. Hochstein remembers. It was the third time he’d entered at Steelers Training Camp.

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