In unveiling their "new" throwback uniforms, the Steelers harkened back to a year when they were still called the "Pirates" but they looked more like bees.
The bold black-and-gold striped jerseys, representing those from the 1934 season will be worn for two games in 2012.
"We wanted to go back ... and recall some of the early days of the franchise," Team President Art Rooney II said.
"Back in the early 1990's we wore the 1933 jersey for our throwback game, so we thought the 1934 jersey would be something different and would help us recall the early days of pro football."
The uniform's pants are a drab mustard yellow. Since players wore mostly leather helmets in that era, the Steelers will stick with their normal black helmets as part of the throwback uniform.
"It'll be interesting to see how our fans react to it. It's very different, kind of eye-popping, so it'll be fun to see how everyone reacts to it. It'll be fun to see [the players] reaction to it too"
Issac Redman, who had the honor of modeling the uniform, had the first word on the subject.
"They went waaaay back for this one," Redman said. "I don't know how everybody else is going to take it, but I really like the uniform. I like the stripes. But we'll see. We'll see the reactions." Rooney said he did not know which games the Steelers will wear the throwbacks for, but hoped to feature them in a prime time contest.
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First Published April 17, 2012 11:15 PM