(Photos courtesy of The Pittsburgh Steelers Blog)
They’ve already been referred to by many national media outlets as “disturbingly ugly” and “absurd.” But I guess the Pittsburgh Steelers are taking the “I know you are, but what am I?” approach to their 80th-anniversary throwback uniforms.
Like, the Redskins, the Steelers are also celebrating their 80th year as an NFL franchise this season — and, like the Redskins, they’re doing so with commemorative set of uniforms. While the Redskins will wear their 80th Anniversary Uniforms at two home games to be determined, we’re all in for a treat when the Steelers dawn their throwbacks Sunday against the Washington Redskins at Heinz Field.
According to the Steelers:
The throwback uniforms represent the jerseys worn during the 1934 season. The team elected to choose the 1934 season jerseys to show a unique part of Steelers’ history during their 80th season celebration and a uniform that has not been worn since that season.
“We wanted to use a jersey that we wore early in our history as we celebrate our 80th season,” Steelers’ President Art Rooney II said. “We have never used those jerseys since the 1934 season and I think our fans will be excited to see our players wear them in action this year.”
Here’s a shot of that 1934 team and their uniforms (via SteelersDepot.com):
Here’s my opinion: I’m actually a big supporter of teams wearing throwback uniforms — even ones as ugly as these and the ones the Broncos wore a couple years ago — as long as the modern version is somewhat accurate. To me, it’s nice to break the monotony that some uniforms can provide.
But I’m interested in what you think.
CHIME IN: What do you think of the Steelers’ throwback uniforms? Have they made you sick yet? Or are you digging them? Feel free to comment below.
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