Skip to content

Steelers plan throwback jerseys for 80th anniversary

Getty Images

As the new manufacturer of NFL uniforms, Nike is giving some teams an updated look. But one team is planning to unveil an old-school design for the 2012 season.

The Steelers will unveil throwback jerseys on Tuesday, commemorating the 80th anniversary of the team for the 2012 season. The Pittsburgh franchise entered the NFL in 1933 (known at first as the Pittsburgh Pirates), so the 2012 season will be the franchise’s 80th in the league.

There’s no word yet on what the Steelers’ throwbacks will look like, but these are different uniforms than the throwbacks the Steelers have worn with yellow helmets and black jerseys with yellow numbers.

Throwback uniforms have long been a way for the NFL to give a nod to history, and (more importantly from the perspective of Nike and the owners) alternate jerseys are a way to sell more merchandise to fans. The regular Nike uniforms for all 32 teams were unveiled this month, but the NFL says each team will have its own timetable for unveiling its own alternate jerseys.

Permalink 39 Comments Feed for comments Latest Stories in: Home, Pittsburgh Steelers, Rumor Mill
39 Responses to “Steelers plan throwback jerseys for 80th anniversary”
  1. td40 says: Apr 16, 2012 11:56 AM

    As long as it makes them play like they did from 1933 to 1971 or so, I’ll be happy šŸ˜‰

  2. upyoursnfu says: Apr 16, 2012 11:57 AM

    It’s all about making another dollar

  3. pjamdragon says: Apr 16, 2012 12:09 PM

    From 1933-1971 The Steelers made 1 playoff appearance

  4. rcali says: Apr 16, 2012 12:14 PM

    Yeah, it’s pretty much just about the money. My beef is how hard it can be to watch a team on t.v. in those putrid throwbacks.

  5. mitchitized says: Apr 16, 2012 12:14 PM

    Eek, I can see the hippie-dippie late 60s caped crusader uniforms updated just for a huge Nike swoosh.

    Please, for the love of all things round and pointed at two ends, do not let this happen Pittsburgh!

  6. eddddddd says: Apr 16, 2012 12:16 PM

    The “screen printed” Nile jerseys are out for preorder for a hundred bucks. I bet everyone who took PFT’s advice to wait to get a jersey are happy about those prices.

  7. beelicker says: Apr 16, 2012 12:24 PM

    As much as stiller fans like to live in the past maybe they should just go all the way back to Bedrock days?

    Here’s Roethlisberger modelling the Fred Flintsteel look:

  8. kathyisintheroom says: Apr 16, 2012 12:30 PM

    On the left chest area will be a patch with an embroidered steroid needle.

    Steelers need to do something to keep themselves in the news cause once the season begins they will be clawing to finish 3rd in their division.

    Old, slow = 8-8

  9. andyreiddoublecheeseburger says: Apr 16, 2012 12:32 PM

    Like Pitt’s unis- just don’t know why they sport the rounded numbers on their regular jerseys. The old, classic block numbers from the Bradshaw era looked much better.

  10. Deb says: Apr 16, 2012 12:34 PM

    pjamdragon says:

    From 1933-1971 The Steelers made 1 playoff appearance
    I think that was td40’s point–and his comment gave me a good Monday laugh šŸ™‚

  11. Deb says: Apr 16, 2012 12:38 PM

    kathyisintheroom says:

    On the left chest area will be a patch with an embroidered steroid needle.
    Then I guess every team’s throwback jersey will include a similar patch since steroids were commonly used by players all over the league from the late 60s until they were banned in the 1980s. Just read up on Lyle Alzado, the one-time Brown. Or should we call him the pre-Raven?

  12. jade amor says: Apr 16, 2012 12:40 PM

    LMFAO, you mean the Steelers have been around since before the Super Bowl Era began??? Most Steelers fans pretend the NFL didnt exist until the 70’s, so that they can brag about the 6 rings, LMFAO. You win another 6 and you still wont have as many titles as the Packers… And no I am not a Packers fan, I am just not dumb enough to pretend that all of their Championships dont count. It isnt called the Lombardi Trophy for nothing, hahahaha

  13. ballboy48 says: Apr 16, 2012 12:50 PM

    For the Steeler fans that want to bash the Browns, quick history lesson! The Steelers had like 8 winning seasons in the 38 seasons from 1933-1971!

  14. steel2372 says: Apr 16, 2012 12:51 PM

    Still laughing at the old slow and going 8-8 this year. We will see about that

  15. ricknau says: Apr 16, 2012 12:55 PM

    I love all the offseason idiots who drink the “old and slow” kool aid. calling the steelers 8-8 and third place in the division. It seriously makes me laugh at how stupid some people are. the 2012 steelers could be the best team they have put on the field all decade, that includes two super bowl winning teams. Its going to be so funny when around week 8 or 9 when they havent lost people will say “they came out of nowhere” No, they didnt. They are always there, and anyone who actually knows how football works understands that they are going to have a top flight offense to go with the top flight defense this season. All it took was a change at OC and letting go of dead weight. They have had the personnel to run the spread style offense for three years but BA is an idiot. Its going to be fun to watch. Suck it, haters.

  16. csszrr says: Apr 16, 2012 1:00 PM

    Most stiller fans can’t remember or comprehend anything before 1970 b/c their brainpans can’t handle it. Degenrates. I just wonder which current player will emulate the stillers of yore and die in a shopping cart addicted to crack?

    @deb pre-ravens…that is good. Did the driver on your short bus give you that? I bet there are less teeth in your neighborhood than there sre nridges in your, i mean yinz, city. Love your downtown prisons, they give the city such a charming and appropriate feel.

  17. ricknau says: Apr 16, 2012 1:01 PM

    and jade amor, yes those “championships” count. They just dont carry the same weight as a super bowl. There were a handfull of teams and no free agency. Heck, a couple of those titles came with no playoffs. The reason super bowl is the standard is because once the merger happened, its much harder to win one. There are 32 teams, with free agency, salary caps, drafts, trades, etc. Not a handful of teams that never lost players and GB happened to be the best one. Super Bowl is and will always be the way teams are looked upon for their franchise greatness, Im sorry that doesn’t work for GB or Cleveland fans but sometimes the truth hurts.

  18. kathyisintheroom says: Apr 16, 2012 1:02 PM


    I know steroid use was prevalent back in the day.
    Just can’t resist getting a lil jab in.

  19. ricknau says: Apr 16, 2012 1:07 PM

    ….and the reason its called the Lombardi trophy is because they won the first two super bowls and Lombardi was the pinnacle of the coaching tree. duh.

  20. melikefootball says: Apr 16, 2012 1:07 PM

    I love how no matter what is written about the Steelers the haters begin. Most fans wish that their team is hated as much as the Steelers,means they have been a thorn in a lot teams backs for 80 years. Even when they had losing seasons teams hated to play them, they knew they would be sore when the game was over. look this past year Baltimore acted as if they won the Super Bowl when they beat the Steelers and yet did nothing in the playoffs. Teams and hater fans,Use up a lot of energy when it comes to the Steelers.

  21. joeflaccosunibrow says: Apr 16, 2012 1:11 PM

    Throwback? I thought the Steelers always played in throwback jerseys?

    Like the town, the jerseys stink!

  22. steelerfannomatterwhat says: Apr 16, 2012 1:13 PM

    I for one do not buy into the “We Got 6 Crap”. I think it is stupid and I have been a Steelers fan for 30 years since I was 8 and my father has been a Steelers fan since 1969. However, you cannot argue the success, the Super Bowls, and the growing Hall of Famers in the last 40 years that is unmatched by anyone. Do you think that Cowboys fans would not use that chant if the Cowboys won another Super Bowl? To beelicker that said that Steelers fans live in the past, how about the Steelers having the most regular season wins in the last 4 years going 12-4 in 3 seasons coupled with 2 AFC Championships and 1 Super Bowl win? Who else has matched that?

  23. steelerfannomatterwhat says: Apr 16, 2012 1:16 PM

    It seems to me that non-Steelers fans live in the past more than Steelers fans. Why else would they bring up 1933-1971? Besides, the Steelers have beat the Browns 14 out of the last 15 games, I believe. And that is closer to today than 1933-1971.

  24. Deb says: Apr 16, 2012 1:37 PM

    @kathyisintheroom …

    Actually, it wasn’t a bad jab–but I always counter the steroids stuff šŸ™‚

  25. raiders757 says: Apr 16, 2012 1:40 PM

    The Steelers throwbacks are hideous. I don’t know a single Steelers fan who liked them or even wanted to buy one. They should just stick with their current look.

  26. Deb says: Apr 16, 2012 1:41 PM

    @csszrr …

    Ever hear the term “Steeler Nation”? Not from Pittsburgh, kid, so all canned Yinzer stuff was wasted. However, you might try reading a magazine or newspaper once in a while–assuming you can read anything multisyllabic. Pittsburgh is consistently voted one of the top places to live in America. You might pick up a history of the NFL, too. The old Browns were the pre-Ravens.

  27. ajc33635 says: Apr 16, 2012 1:45 PM

    The usual sad smack when Steeler envy surfaces.

    The put it on tape as do a few other teams, most don’t.

    Imagine being a poor ratbird fan? Zeeesch.

  28. nooittall says: Apr 16, 2012 1:58 PM

    Well that’s cool, the Steeler’s 80th anniv. the same year that the all-time greatest #80 for the Steeler’s, Jack Butler, get inducted into the Hall of Fame.

  29. mostlombardisintheleague says: Apr 16, 2012 2:11 PM

    It’s name is the Lombardi Trophy. So why do Lombardi’s Packers only have four of them and Pittsburgh has six of them ? If Rogers is so great, why did Pittsburgh’s offense outscore the Packers offense 26-25 in the Superbowl even with Pittsburgh comitting three turnovers ? Packers got lucky, real lucky – and they still only have four Lombardi Trophies.

  30. crisisofinfinitephils says: Apr 16, 2012 2:16 PM

    I’m not a steeler fan. I don’t hate them either. But I gotta say, for whatever reason, I love the throwbacks that they had been wearing. I actually think its an improvement over their classic uni’s.

  31. zoidenflak says: Apr 16, 2012 2:52 PM

    kathyisintheroom says:
    Old, slow = 8-8
    –youngest offense in AFC [look it up]
    –got rid of many of the over 30s
    –Keisel & Harrison don’t have much wear as they didn’t start until their late 20s

    Another run for the Lombardi!

  32. sportsinhd says: Apr 16, 2012 3:09 PM

    The yellow helmet/black jersey yellow number throwbacks were cursed. I know that they didn’t lose every game they played with those damn things on, but it was close. The sprained ankle that Roethlisberger suffered last season happened with those things on too. Wearing those things all seemed to guarantee an injury, a loss, or a close call with a crappy opponent.

  33. realitycheck21 says: Apr 16, 2012 3:11 PM

    I’m not a Stealer fan either. Nor do I care about their unis. Their fans as evidenced on this board and many others, are the most rude, crude and illiterate within the entire NFL.

  34. djstat says: Apr 16, 2012 3:21 PM

    Classless group that never gets called out. Go to their stadium. LOSERS everywhere

  35. babyhorsemorgan says: Apr 16, 2012 4:12 PM

    Yeah, they just pull out the old jerseys that Farrior, Smith, Ward, etc. wore in their prime. Charlie Batch still has his in the closet.

  36. Deb says: Apr 16, 2012 4:32 PM

    realitycheck21 says:

    Iā€™m not a Stealer fan either. Nor do I care about their unis. Their fans as evidenced on this board and many others, are the most rude, crude and illiterate within the entire NFL.

    You’re not a Steeler fan and don’t care about their uniforms but just dropped in to call us crude and illiterate.

    And you claim we’re rude? Someone needs a reality check. šŸ™„

  37. cf17 says: Apr 16, 2012 4:46 PM

    you’re stupid

  38. quittsburghstoolers says: Apr 17, 2012 7:35 AM

    I suggest they wear the same uniform they wore
    in 1944 when they went 0 – 10 and were
    considered by most to be the worst team in NFL history.

    Seems truly fitting somehow…

  39. golonger says: Apr 20, 2012 11:48 AM

    “Pittsburgh is consistently voted one of the top places to live in America” – right, again more “facts” from your perverse world. That is why the population has been cut in half in 25 years…LOL

    As far as the jerseys go,they are fitting……..makes them look like the criminals that they are! LOL

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!