The Steelers will wear their Throwback Jersey on Sunday when they host the Los Angeles Rams at Heinz Field, one that features block letters and numbers on a traditional looking jersey, a tribute to the historic teams of the 1970s.
And the timing is perfect as the Steelers will be honoring the 1979 team that defeated the Rams in Super Bowl XIV, becoming the first team ever to win four Super Bowl championships, as part of the Steelers Alumni Weekend.
Current Steelers players love the opportunity to wear the jerseys that honor the teams of the past, as well as the way the jersey itself looks.
“I like the little differences, the little nuances, but for the most part it’s our standard jersey because that is the tradition we hold,” said Cameron Heyward. “You see all of the throwbacks that are out there, and they are cool colors and everything, but we have a rich tradition behind it knowing we won so many Super Bowls here. It’s special to wear a jersey that resembles theirs.
“This game wouldn’t be what it is today without them. They paved the way for us. We’re just running with it. We are trying to leave the legacy the way they did. At the end of the day we want to be like them and win a Super Bowl ourselves.”
And they have had good luck in the jersey as well. This will be the second time they are wearing the jersey, the first time was in Week 8 of the 2018 season, when they defeated the Cleveland Browns, 33-18.
“I think it’s really cool,” said T.J. Watt. “It just shows that even though you can barely tell the difference, it’s because we honor the tradition. It means a lot that we can wear the jerseys they wore in Super Bowls. To be a part of that tradition is awesome.”
Wearing the jersey is just another way the organization has brought the legends who played the game together with the current players, a relationship that is like no other in sports.
“We get to talk with those guys and hear what made them special, what made those teams special,” said Watt. “You see the rings and you can’t help it but want a ring for yourself. Those guys still take a lot of pride in what they did, and we take a lot of pride in being able to carry on that legacy and play for the Steelers. That is what makes this organization so special, the true tradition.”