That Uni Got a Hemi?
The Steelers’ uniforms are about getting the job done
By Kara Yorio White with black numbers and gold letters. Or black with white numbers and gold letters and stripes on the sleeves. They are classics. They are timeless. They are intimidating. They shout success. They are instantly recognizable. They are the uniforms of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
You can see it, flying through the air. It’s the jersey of Mean Joe Greene.
“Wow, thanks Mean Joe.”
The ultimate gift, a Steelers jersey tossed through the air as a thank-you for a Coke in that classic commercial. Who wouldn’t want one of the coolest jerseys in the NFL? While uniforms get turned into fashion — colors get changed, styles mutated — there are only two ways the Steelers jerseys work — in black or white.
The Steelers are a working-class team in a working-class town. There is right or wrong. Good guys and bad guys. There is black or white. And there is the gold. The ultimate color of success, the richest color of them all. It all works for the Steelers’ players and fans. It’s a uniform that is about getting the job done.
And let’s talk about the helmets for a minute.
Originally the Steelers had numbers on the sides of their helmets. There was no logo. But in 1962, it was suggested that the Steelers use the logo of U.S. Steel Corp. They put it on and never took it off. But, you’ve undoubtedly noticed, they only put it on one side.
As a matter of fact, the Steelers are the only NFL team to have their logo on only one side of their helmets. It started that way because the organization wasn’t sure it was going to like the look of the logo on its all-gold helmets. The team wanted to give it a test before wasting the time, effort and money of putting the logo on both sides.
That year, 1962, the Steelers went 9-5 and became the winningest team in franchise history to that point. They qualified for the playoffs for the first time and wanted to commemorate that first postseason game with something special, so they changed their helmets from gold to black. That made the logo look even better. With the success of the team and the positive feedback over the look, the helmet design never changed. Black. Logo on one side.
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It’s an integral part of the whole package. The ultimate accessory to the ultimate uniform of success and intimidation — the Cadillac of NFL uniforms.