Joe Manganiello reveals 'the greatest perk of fame'

Joe Manganiello is revealing what he believes to be "the greatest perk of fame," and it's not what you'd expect.

The former "True Blood" actor told AOL Entertainment that of all of the things that he gets to do as a celebrity, being friends with some of the players on the Pittsburgh Steelers is his most cherished advantage.

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"I’m friends with a lot of the players, and I was just texting with Ryan Shazier and I realized that I had referred to the team as 'we,'" the lifelong Pittsburgh native told AOL Entertainment with a laugh. "I realized that he might get offended, but that’s just how we are. There’s a sense of ownership that every Steeler fan has."

Manganiello is a lifelong Steelers fan and considers being from Pittsburgh and being a fan of the NFL team as one in the same -- "symbiotic," even -- and called out the "intense amount of pride" that nearly every Pittsburgh resident feels for their home team.

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PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 16: Actor Joe Manganiello takes a selfie on the sidelines before the game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Tennessee Titans at Heinz Field on November 16, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 28: Actors Joe Manganiello (L) and Sofia Vergara attend the Peggy Albrecht Friendly House's 28th annual awards luncheon at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 28, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 14: Actor Joe Manganiello attends the Premiere Of Saban Films' 'Killing Gunther' at TCL Chinese Theatre on October 14, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Leon Bennett/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 12: Actor Joe Manganiello (L) and actress Sofia Vergara arrive at Jesse Tyler Ferguson's Tie The Knot 5-Year Anniversary celebration at NeueHouse Hollywood on October 12, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 21: Actor and host Joe Manganiello attends the 2017 NHL Awards at T-Mobile Arena on June 21, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 21: Host Joe Manganiello speaks onstage during the 2017 NHL Awards & Expansion Draft at T-Mobile Arena on June 21, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 21: Host Joe Manganiello attends the 2017 NHL Awards at T-Mobile Arena on June 21, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - JUNE 02: Joe Manganiello helps unveil the new Dungeons & Dragons storyline, 'Tomb of Annihilation', during a live streaming event at The House Studios on June 2, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Mat Hayward/Getty Images for Dungeons & Dragons)
CULVER CITY, CA - APRIL 01: Actor Joe Manganiello arrives at the Los Angeles Premiere 'Smurfs: The Lost Village' at ArcLight Cinemas on April 1, 2017 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
THE VIEW - Joe Manganiello is the guest today, Tuesday, March 21, 2017 on ABC's 'The View.' 'The View' airs Monday-Friday (11:00 am-12:00 pm, ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Lorenzo Bevilaqua/ABC via Getty Images) JOE MANGANIELLO
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0643 -- Pictured: Actor Joe Manganiello on March 21, 2017 -- (Photo by: Andrew Lipovsky/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images))
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 20: Joe Manganiello attends Build Series to discuss 'Smurfs: The Lost Village' at Build Studio on March 20, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Pont/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 20: Joe Manganiello attends Build Series to discuss 'Smurfs: The Lost Village' at Build Studio on March 20, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Pont/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 20: Actors Joe Manganiello (L) and Demi Lovato are seen interview at 'Good Morning America' at the ABC Times Square Studios on March 20, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 20: Actor Joe Manganiello visits The Empire State Building to celebrate the 'Small Surfs Big Goals' campaign and the International Day Of Happiness at The Empire State Building on March 20, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - Joe Manganiello is a guest on 'Good Morning America,' Monday, March 20, 2017, airing on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Lorenzo Bevilaqua/ABC via Getty Images) MICHAEL STRAHAN, AMY ROBACH, JOE MANGANIELLO, SARA HAINES
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 18: Actor Joe Manganiello at the United Nations Headquarters celebrating International Day of Happiness in conjunction with SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE on March 18, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Sony Pictures)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 08: Joe Manganiello arrives at the Premiere Of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'Kong: Skull Island' at Dolby Theatre on March 8, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Actress Sofia Vergara (L) and actor Joe Manganiello attend the 2017 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 26, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by C Flanigan/Getty Images)
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The mutually beneficial relationship between the Steelers and their fans dates back to the city's economic crisis, with Manganiello telling AOL Entertainment that the Steelers "kept morale up" by winning four Super Bowl titles in six years.

"The team kept the morale up to the point where the city was able to turn it around," he told us.

That dedication to and knowledge of the Steelers are things that Manganiello has experienced all throughout his adolescence and into adulthood. These days, the NFL Fashion ambassador says that his commitment to the Steelers has gotten to a point where he wears the league's gear "all day every day."

"It's to the point where my wife will say things to me like, ‘The Steelers aren’t a designer fashion label,’" he told us of wife Sofia Vergara, who "sometimes" will sport Steelers merch. "But now my comeback is, ‘Yes they are!’ I come from a city and culture where people wear Steeler jerseys to weddings. It’s frowned upon, but acceptable. The NFL has really stepped up their game and has made some great designs with great fabrics for everyday wear. I can now wear it every day and always have something new to wear."

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