The Pittsburgh Steelers unveiled their newest throwback uniforms Wednesday, and fans were excited to see the return of the block numbers, circa the fabulous ‘70s all the way to the mid-90s. Since the team went to the curved numbers and letters on the name plate to match those on the helmets, fans simply haven’t liked them as much.
When I saw the jersey change, and saw JuJu Smith-Schuster rocking the latest throwback, I couldn’t help but have flashbacks to my childhood. Yes, these are just minor changes, but the block numbers look tremendous.
All of this got me thinking about the other successful professional sports team across town who did something similar a few years ago. If you think back to the Penguins’ 2016 Stanley Cup title run, when Sidney Crosby and company hoised Lord Stanley’s cup after defeating the San Jose Sharks, they were wearing the Vegas Gold uniforms. It was that season the Penguins wore their “alternate throwback” uniform (as seen worn by Ryan Shazier in the picture above) only at home during the playoffs. Fans went absolutely bonkers for those uniforms, and next season the team made the official switch.
The Steelers will only wear their throwback uniforms for one game vs. the Browns on October 28th, but could this be the first move to the Steelers making the full-time switch back to the block numbers?
It is safe to say you likely wouldn’t hear many complaints from the fan base if that happened. What do you think of the new throwbacks? Let us know in the comment section below!