Pittsburgh Steelers unveil striped jerseys

8:19 AM, Apr 18, 2012   |    comments
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  • By Nate Davis, USA TODAY

    The Pittsburgh Steelers will celebrate their 80th season in 2012, and they'll do it -- twice anyway -- dressed like incarcerated bumblebees.

    The team revealed the striped throwback jerseys it will don as a nod to the uniforms worn by the club in 1934, its second year of existence.

    But not everyone is excited about the historic tip of the cap.

    Steelers OLB James Harrison wrote on Facebook: "There's a reason these jerseys were from 1934..... it's 2012 now though, so send them back!!! lol"

    S Ryan Clark tweeted: "Big guys look funny in stripes!"

    But the boss is enthused, Men of Steel, so prepare to toe the company line.

    "We wanted to use a jersey that we wore early in our history as we celebrate our 80th season," team President Art Rooney II said in a statement. "We have never used those jerseys since the 1934 season and I think our fans will be excited to see our players wear them in action this year."

    The team will wear its signature black helmets with the throwbacks. It has not announced the two games, presumably both at Heinz Field, in which the throwbacks will be worn.


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