When Steelers players put on their game jersey, they know that they are representing something special. They are representing an organization steeped in tradition. They are representing the city and the fans. And they are representing those who wore the jersey before them.
Among those they will be representing this year are the men who played for the team in 1934, as that year’s jersey will be the team’s throwback jersey for two games this season.
“I love it. You have to love it,” said wide receiver
The Steelers are celebrating their 80th season in 2012 and choosing the 1934 jersey allows them to celebrate the early days of the franchise.
“It’s different,” said running back
The throwback jersey is black and gold horizontal stripes with block numbers in a white box.
“It’s a throwback if I have ever seen one,” said safety
The jersey will be worn with tan pants and black and gold striped socks, and accompanied by the traditional black helmet.
“I like the idea,” said center
The look of the jersey has drawn some skepticism as the only player who has seen it in person is running back
“I haven’t seen them in person, but it looks like a bumblebee and I am allergic to bees, so I have always been worried about colors like that,” said guard
“It’s old-school,” said Clark. “I think our last ones looked really modern. I think this time they really took it back, back. Once we get them on and everyone has them on together, it will look good.
“Me, I am ready to see Casey (Hampton) in those horizontal stripes. That is the important thing.”