Pittsburgh Steelers are retiring their ‘bumblebee’ uniforms


The Pittsburgh Steelers are retiring their infamous “bumblebee” uniforms.

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With training camps underway, the NFL season is right around the corner. During this time of the year, many concerns and questions arise about each of the 32 NFL teams.

Some of the concerns/questions include naming a starter quarterback, trimming the roster down or trying to fill the void of suspended players (Le’Veon Bell).

Though for the Pittsburgh Steelers, they are addressing a concern that doesn’t necessarily relate to the players on their roster. Well, sort of. The Steelers have decided to retire one of their jerseys.

After this season, the Steelers will no longer wear their black and gold stripped jerseys that are infamously known as their “bumblebee” jerseys. The NFL has implemented the “Color Rush” uniforms as the Steelers’ alternate jersey so there is no reason for Pittsburgh to have two alternate jerseys. The jerseys are a reflection of Pittsburgh’s first jerseys from 83 years ago.

The Steelers first brought back the “bumblebee” jerseys in October 2012 against the Washington Redskins and again that same season on November 18 against the Baltimore Ravens.

An ESPN poll showed that 65 percent of its respondents said they hated the uniforms and a NBC Sports’ Pro Football Talk blog said the “bumblebee” uniform “ranks among the worst ever fashioned for any NFL team.”

Embracing your team’s history can be a good thing, though for the sake of NFL fans the retiring of these jerseys may be a good thing.

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