When Pittsburgh Steelers team president Art Rooney II spoke with a select group of media prior to his departure for the annual owner’s meeting in Phoenix, Arizona, he reminded fans the team would not be wearing any throwback uniforms in 2017.
This isn’t breaking news, as the “bumblebee” uniforms were retired in 2016, and Rooney II told Steelers.com the team would forego a throwback uniform the following year. Now, before going any further, the team will still likely wear their ‘Color Rush’ uniforms once, most likely on Thursday Night Football, in 2017, but the lack of throwback uniforms are fine by me.
In fact, I’m looking forward to not seeing throwback uniforms next season.
I’m aware there are those who will read the previous sentence and will have to pick their jaws up off the ground, but I’ve never been one to get excited about a different jersey. I have a road jersey, a home jersey, and have been gifted other jerseys throughout my time rooting for the Steelers, but I would be just fine with only my original home and road jerseys, both Ben Roethlisberger jerseys, for a while.
It isn’t that I didn’t like those gold helmets when Hines Ward was knocking Ed Reed into last week, or the bumble bees when Ryan Clark and company completely embarrassed Robert Griffin III at Heinz Field. I loved those uniforms, but I guess you can call me a traditionalist. To me, nothing is better than the standard black and white jerseys with those classic gold pants with a black stripe down the side.
While some fans are already trying to figure out which throwback will be the next one in 2018, I have seen a lot of votes for the ‘Batman’ jerseys to return, I’m sure whatever the team decides will be cool, but don’t expect a huge reaction from this editor.
No, I’ll still likely be sitting on my couch on game day wearing the appropriate uniform as the team every Sunday, despite the growing urge to go buy a grey, camouflage or pink jersey from NFLShop.com, I’ll be just fine with the traditional threads.
Now, if you want to talk about block numbers on the jerseys, I’m all ears. Other than that, I’m fine with what they have.
I discuss this more in the latest BTSC podcast “Steelers Hangout” above. Give it a listen in the player above, and follow all of the BTSC podcasts on iTunes by searching "The Standard is the Standard", as well as on several podcast apps for Android users.
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