Rooney on 'Color Rush,' rivals and more

LATROBE, Pa. – Steelers fans will get a holiday treat when the team sports its 'color rush' uniforms on Christmas Day when it hosts the Baltimore Ravens at Heinz Field.

During an interview with Missi Matthews that will air on Steelers Nation Radio at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow, President Art Rooney II confirmed that Steelers-Ravens was the game the team will debut the 'color rush' uniforms.

The 'color rush' uniforms, designed by Nike, are monochromatic uniforms to be featured for the most part on Thursday Night Football this season, but with Steelers-Ravens being one of only two Christmas Day games, the decision was made to wear them that day.

"We will be wearing what is referred to as our 'color rush' uniform for the first time," said Rooney. "I know in a few weeks we are going to be able to unveil exactly what that looks like. We haven't had a home game on Christmas in my memory. It will be unique, special. This will add a little more excitement to what I am sure will be an exciting day."

In addition to revealing the holiday treat, Rooney shared his take on a wide variety of topics, from robotic tackling dummies to who he thinks the Steelers biggest rival in the AFC North is. More topics will also be covered during the SNR interview.

  • The AFC North is always a hotly contested division, with the Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns. Rooney said picking which team is the biggest rival is impossible, and gave a little twist to it.
  • The Steelers experimented with Mobile Virtual Player, a robotic dummy that is operated by remote control that can be used by players to practice tackling, but also can be used in passing drills, as a running back and other methods, during the team's offseason workouts. The technology, known as the MVP, will also be utilized during training camp.
  • "His Life's Work," a biography on Chuck Noll by Michael McCambridge, will soon be released and Rooney thinks Steelers fans will like the inside look at what the legendary coach was all about.
  • The complete interview with Missi Matthews will air on SNR on Monday, Aug. 1 at 2:30 p.m.
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