Pittsburgh Steelers; Chicago Bears In Throwbacks Today

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Pittsburgh Steelers Throwbacks

The NFL will be taking a trip back in time as two teams will be wearing throwback uniforms from the first-half of the 20th century in two separate games this afternoon.


Just like last season, the Pittsburgh Steelers will be wearing the uniforms originally worn by the 1934 Pittsburgh Pirates Football team for their game today against the Detroit Lions.

Steelers Throwbacks - 2012

These uniforms were introduced last summer as a way to honour the 80th anniversary of the franchise’s inaugural 1933 season; they wore them for one game against the Washington Redskins on October 28th. The Steelers were originally known as the Pirates from 1933-39, they became the Pittsburgh Steelers for the 1940 season and (aside from a couple of combined teams during the second World War) have used the name ever since.

1934 Pittsburgh Pirates NFL Team Photo

1934 Pittsburgh Pirates NFL Team Photo

The uniforms are a series of black-and-yellow horizontal stripes, similar to a bumblebee, with black numbers placed on yellow squares to increase visibility. Pants are beige and socks are the same black/yellow striped style as the jerseys. The current 2013 team helmets will be worn.


Chicago Bears 1940s Throwback Uniform

The Chicago Bears will also be wearing throwbacks, wearing their 1940s uniform today against the Baltimore Ravens. The Bears had wore this earlier in the season for a game back in September. The uniform is navy blue with orange stripes on the arms, player numbers are plain orange as opposed to the white numbers the current Bears wear.

Chicago is expected to wear their current helmet (as is new NFL policy) with their “C” decals removed, creating a plain navy blue shell.

Elsewhere in the NFL today…

The Cincinnati Bengals are breakin’ out their beauty orange alternate jerseys for their game against the Cleveland Browns (orange-overload in that matchup!)

Several teams around the league will be wearing camo ribbons and decals honouring various branches of the military on the backs of their helmets – such as the Buffalo Bills and this U.S. National Guard sticker.


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  • rafterman

    hey chris, did you see those uni’s northwestern wore last night against michigan? i know you covered the ludicrously over the top american flag tributes earlier in the week, but i think they deserve a special mention…

  • Lucario

    Would’ve liked to see the helmets look like the old leather ones.

  • Toby Faber

    Hideous, hideous hideous. The Steelers look like they escaped from Alcatraz. And the Bears? UnBearAble!

  • Steve Caron

    The Bears must have also swaped their navy facemasks for the grey throwback ones. Unless they’re wearing a different set of helmets….Anyone know?

  • Bill A

    My eyes hurt after watching the Steelers/Lions highlights on ESPN. I also hope that my Eagles don’t don their blue/yellow atrocities for a game against our cross-state rivals in theirs.

  • Crixxx

    Pittsburgh Yellowjackets is more like it.

  • Rob S

    Love the Bears’ Throwbacks!! Sharp! The Steeler’s one is getting old. once was enough.

  • Ian

    Megatron VS Bumblebee…..and the Autobots win

  • ingmar66

    Well, I think the horizontal striping gives the shirt a bit of of a rugby look, which is historically interesting . But it should be used sparingly, that is true. As for the Bears: awesome! Very basic and no frills, very blue collar (literally), very Chicago. This should be used on more occasions.