updated 01/24/2011 AT 9:00 AM ET
•originally published 01/24/2011 AT 9:15 AM ET
With Pittsburgh heading back to the Super Bowl, Joe Manganiello is feeling confident. After all, the superstitious Steelers superfan has his good-luck charm with him.
No, not his Mean Joe Greene jersey or a terrible towel. Rather, it’s his fiancée, Audra Marie, whom the True Blood actor first met – and fell in love with – at the 2009 Super Bowl, the last time the Steelers won.
“She was actually down there with some of her girlfriends for some of the festivities, and we met on our way into the Commissioner’s Ball that year,” Manganiello, 34, told PEOPLE at Saturday’s Producers Guild of America Awards in Beverly Hills. “Football was kind of how we met.”