Breaking Down Pittsburgh Steelers' 80th Season Throwback Uniform

Gabe ZaldivarPop Culture Lead WriterApril 17, 2012

Photo Credit: Pittsburgh Steelers
Photo Credit: Pittsburgh Steelers

The Pittsburgh Steelers unveiled a throwback jersey for their 80th campaign, proving that some things are best left in the past. 

It's time to turn the clocks back to 1934, but not literally. You may just end up looking like some of the Steelers who will wear this outfit that looks like a bumble bee about to run a marathon. 

I love a great many of the Steelers' past uniforms, but I just can't get with these things that fall in the middle of silly and ridiculous, and that's unforgivable. 

Let's take a look. 


Wow Factor: 8 out of 10

Here is a picture taken from the Steelers' official Instagram feed

Photo Credit: Pittsburgh Steelers
Photo Credit: Pittsburgh Steelers

Let's begin by saying the wow factor is high. I will barely be able to hear the game with things on the screen, which may be a good thing. 

The good news is that these things are as polarizing as throwbacks get. You are going to love these things, or have to call into work with bad case of nausea and sudden onset blindness. 

I'm all about celebrating the past, but not at the risk of hilarity. 


Design: 5 out of 10

This picture is taken from the Steelers' yFrog account

Photo Credit: Pittsburgh Steelers
Photo Credit: Pittsburgh Steelers

Here is Isaac Redman posing in what I assume to be a bathroom at Applebee's. 

The look on his face is priceless, in fact I want to mount this picture on my mantle with all the precious moments in my life. 

He looks like a Little Leaguer that has no interest in staying still for the picture, and that is exactly how I would feel. 

There is a reason we have moved past this design, and I will point to the blocks with numbers on it for that reason. 


Overall Swag Grade: 6.5 out of 10

Picture taken from Gerry Dulac's Twitter feed.

New steelers throwback jersey from1934.…

— Gerry Dulac (@gerrydulac) April 17, 2012


Photo Credit: Gerry Dulac
Photo Credit: Gerry Dulac

The Steelers are usually dressed in a solid uniform that screams dominance, and this jersey falls very far from that sentiment. 

Again, this is just my opinion, and I welcome you to sound off with your affection for the classic threads in the comments section below. 

I just can't condone anyone wearing these, unless you are featuring in a music video for Blind Melon