End of a (garish) era: Steelers donning ‘Bumblebee’ unis for last time
The Pittsburgh Steelers at long last will close the book on an era many of its fans wished never would have opened in the first place.
The Steelers host the New York Jets at Heinz Field on Sunday, and the game will mark the last time the “Bumblebee” uniforms will be donned by the team.
Steelers team president Art Rooney II confirmed the much-maligned throwback uniforms from the 1934 Steelers season will never see the light of day again, at least on the gridiron.
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“This will be the last time we wear them,” Rooney said, via Steelers.com. “Next year, we will not have a throwback jersey to wear. We are evaluating what we will do in the future. We have some ideas and plans, but we’re really not ready to reveal those yet in terms of what the next throwback will look like.”
Despite a generally negative response to the “Bumblebee” uniforms, Rooney insists the organization is happy with the decision to use them.
“This throwback has been a success from a lot of different standpoints,” he said. “Even though some people didn’t like it, the majority of our fans did like it and a lot of them bought the jersey. It’s been a fun uniform to have.”
As noted by Steelers Depot, Pittsburgh posted a 3-2 record while wearing the “Bumblebee” uniforms since debuting them in 2012.
While it remains to be seen what the Steelers will do going forward, there’s no chance any future throwback jersey will generate as much “buzz” as the “Bumblebee” ones.