Steelers Won’t Have Throwback Uniforms In 2017, Also Won’t Play In Mexico

NFL owners are beginning to gather at a Phoenix-area resort for this year’s annual league meetings that begin on Monday. Ahead of that event, however, Pittsburgh Steelers team president Art Rooney II has announced a few details related to the 2017 season.

According to Bob Labriola of steelers.com, Rooney stated that the team won’t play a game in Mexico during the 2017 season and that’s not overly surprising and shouldn’t be a shock based on previous updates the Steelers president has given on that particular topic. As for the possibility of a Steelers game in Mexico in 2018, Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported this past February that’s unlikely to happen.

Rooney also indicated Friday that the Steelers won’t have throwback uniforms in 2017 but did say the organization is exploring possibilities for the 2018 season. The Steelers recently put away their 1934 striped bumble-bee throwbacks that they had been wearing for select games since 2012.

Currently, the NFL owners are slated to vote on the Raiders’ proposed move from Oakland to Las Vegas next week. Additionally, they will be considering several rule-change proposals made by the NFL’s competition committee and by individual teams.

“As you know, the Raiders proposed a move to Las Vegas,” said Rooney. “That’s going to be a major item for consideration on the agenda. There are still pieces that have to fall into place as we speak, but I do expect that proposal is going to be voted on at this meeting.”

Next week, NFL coaches will meet with media members over breakfast Tuesday and Wednesday and that’s the next time we’ll likely hear from Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin.

  • TrappenWeisseGuy ;

    I hated the bumblebees at first but rather like them now. If they ditched the socks for plain black they would look so much better though.

  • T3xassteelers

    I loved the bumblebees 🙁 they seemed to play amazing in them too

  • BallHandling Hooker

    I liked the bumblebees too, but they needed to have different colour pants with them. Beige makes no sense.

  • Kevin artis

    One of the changes is overtime. This seems so simple. But people make this so difficult. Here is my proposal:
    Each team gets a possession. If the score is tied then it’s a tie.
    Next change is celebration after touchdowns: No props or sexually suggestive moves or violent suggestive gestures. Or antagonizing the opponent.
    And please define what a catch is.

  • Steve Johnson

    I hope they throw those uniforms back in the museum and leave them there.

  • capehouse

    Wish they’d go back to the block numbers. They looked great on the color rush uniforms.

  • pittsburghjoe

    Why are they not going to Mexico? Did it have something to do with the security warning advising them to not leave the hotel or the warning to not eat the food. It sounded like a nice place other than that.

  • Rusted Out

    The Bumblebee uni’s definitely grew on me. But I’m very happy to leave those uniforms in the past after paying homage to them. I would love to see a fresh new design that is worn for Thursday nights again. Although most of the “color rush” uni’s were a disaster (Steeler’s were pretty cool), I’d love to see a fresh redesign put out there. Who knows… maybe they would win over some of the older fans. Maybe?

  • VinHuddle

    I wish the NFL would have a “Futures” game. I can’t think of a good name so I went with Futures, meaning have a creative, stylish and add in a little funky, as to how they may look two decades from now

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    Sad, but as long as I get my Color rush uni fix, I’m good!

  • Rusted Out

    No need to be “funky”. Just get a bunch of design ideas from artists and have a vote. The ones Nike put out a few years back had quite a few great designs. I’m all about moving forward and trying something new.

  • John Noh

    And no more Ron Mexico either, please.

  • PaeperCup

    Raiders would do well in Mexico City. If not Toronto, I thik MC should be the NFLs first international football team.

  • VinHuddle

    I’ve seen some artist renditions of helmets that are really creative and FUNKY imo lol. I like your idea of having a vote.

  • TrappenWeisseGuy ;

    I’m in with the Toronto idea but suspect there’s some sort of gentlemans agreement between the two leagues now that Buffalo is no longer playing games there.

  • PaeperCup

    I forgot Buffalo Existed….lol. Vancouver is the other Canadian option, but they are all Seahawks fans up there already.

  • TrappenWeisseGuy ;

    The Bills players hated it unsurprisingly, given that they were basically playing fewer home games and they need every advantage they can get 😂

  • Steel City Slim

    Bring back the black uniforms.

  • Nolrog

    I hated the bumblebees at the start, in the middle and at the end. I do no like them Sam-you-see, I do not like the bumblebee (sorry Alex).

  • Paddy

    Back in the day all teams wore beige/canvas looking pants. That’s all that was available

  • Rusted Out

    I really liked the diamond plate helmets if you can remember those. Very creative I thought. Makes me want to go get a football helmet and start airbrushing again.

  • Conserv_58

    I’m so glad to see that they laid to rest the throw up bumble bee uniforms. Those were so insulting to the eyes.

  • Conserv_58

    The problem I have with the idea of moving a team to Mexico is the fact that their government is uber corrupt. Their politicians are nothing more than figure heads. The drug cartels run that country and controlling the traffic crossing the border would add to the nightmare of trying to stem the flow of illegal aliens crossing over.

  • Conserv_58

    Can you blame them? IMO, it was a back handed slap in the face of the die hard Bills fans, especially the season ticket holders. That bone headed decision by the greedy NFL globalists was highly insulting to the greater Buffalo region because it took much needed revenue away from the city they reside in. Furthermore, it’s not a short drive to Toronto either, especially in the winter. Plus there is the border crossing issues to have to contend with.

    When former owner, Ralph Wilson passed his kids wanted nothing to do with running the team so they put it up for sale. There were Canadian corporate owners that wanted to buy the team which included, John Bonjovi whom wanted to move the team to Toronto. Bills’ fans and local Buffalo politicians protested heavily that selling the team to Canadian interests and then move them to Toronto would have a significant negative cause and affect on the Buffalo economy, (The greater Buffalo region is a very economically depressed area.) That’s why former Bill’s QB, Jim Kelly was trying to put together a group of American investors to buy the team with sole purpose of keeping them in Buffalo. There was a Rochester, NY billionaire that also wanted to buy the team just so that they would remain in Buffalo.

    The bottom line to all of this is Buffalo, NY needs the Bills more than Toronto does. Besides, it a pretty insulting idea to have a foreign city prosper at the cost of destroying an American city in the process.

  • Conserv_58

    Move forward? To what and where? I’m all about maintaining traditions that don’t need to be changed, just for the sake of change.

  • Conserv_58

    No they won’t. It’s the older fans that want to keep the sense of tradition that younger fans seem to always thing that traditions need to change.

  • Conserv_58

    Perhaps it’s the fact that it is a logistical nightmare as it pertains to maintaining security.

  • Conserv_58

    They were the most gaudy, ugly and insuting to the eyes of any throwback unis. They should have nevewr seen the light of day.

  • Rusted Out

    Yea if everyone thought like you, the bumblebees or the golden triangles would still be the Uni’s. Move forward man. Let it go.

  • Steve

    Wonder if the Teams are coming back with the Color Fast uniforms? Really like the Black with Gold numbers on The Steelers.

  • Steve

    Got to admit, the Jail looking for STEELERS is very much appropriate. The Steelers were once the Pirates and the Steagles.

  • VaDave

    RE: Pants. That shade reminds me a lot of support hose. RE: Socks, Agreed on black, but should go back to the stirrup type. RE: Jersey, love the block numbers as opposed to the stupid font on our current jerseys.

  • VaDave

    Humm, did not know that. Thanks for the post.

  • VaDave

    The mid to late 60’s with the gold triangle that went down to a peak. front and back gets my vote.

  • VaDave

    K, agreed on all fronts. One thing, you can’t have a tie in the playoffs. You just play until somebody drops.

  • VaDave

    You’re yanking Conserv’s chain, and I’m still waiting for the NFL to readopt the full 3/4 sleeve so the Northwestern stripes are fully visable.

  • VaDave

    And I’d buy one of those if they ever come out with the official game jersey. I was surprised at how sharp they looked. Without a doubt best in class.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    Also great memories of that game!

  • Christopher Ross

    Yeah the Italic Arial numbers SUCK

  • VaDave

    I think the reason they adopted it was to make Bettis not look so fat

  • TrappenWeisseGuy ;

    It was a clusterfunk all around. Torontonians got turned off immediately by the sheer greed oozing out of the pores of Ted Rogers and Ralph Wilson who introduced sky high prices (later significantly dropped just to be able to sell). And the western New Yorkers weren’t getting anything out of it. As for England-sheer lunacy.

  • DarthYinzer

    There were very few middle ground opinions on the bumblebee unis. Either loved them or hated them. I hated them.

  • Huge-Packers-Fan

    Joe: The Rooneys’ have been faithful, patriotic owners and their fans admire them for this among many other attributes. This imbecile Roger Go-to-Hell’s decision to send NFL Football Teams to play games in England, Now Mexico is absurd and indicative of his infantile [mind?] American Fans desire to see their team play all 20 games in the USA, not including Playoffs, and why should a bunch of Mexicans deprive them of that right. Mexicans enjoy soccer and the risks imposed onto the Players and Staff do not warrant their leaving the USA to appease this idiot NFL Comm.

  • Justin B

    I was hoping they would go. I would love to make a trip down there to see that.

  • Delboka

    Go back to:

    Yellow Helmets
    Black Jerseys, w Yellow numbers
    White pants

    They looked great before the bumble bee mess came along.

  • Carlos

    I think you’re oblivious of the enormous revenue the foreign fan base represents for the NFL, that alone is the reason why teams are willing to travel and play abroad. Now, this”bunch of Mexicans” is a knowledgeable and faithful fan base, and we can afford to pay and watch games, so we don’t really care if that deprives you of “your right”. Traveling and playing abroad has nothing to do with patriotism, it’s a sport, and if you want to call the SB winner “world champion”, well congrats, you need to be a global league. Mexico is a world top 10 tourist destination, hope you can visit someday and broaden your perspective.

  • Ralph Wagner

    Thank goodness. That whole throwback uniform idea is silly to begin with.

    Go Steelers ……just play winning football and you will be noticed, LOL

  • Rusted Out

    As long as the tradition is winning it shouldn’t matter what they wear. I’m well aware most people don’t like change.

  • Huge-Packers-Fan

    Mexico is by far the poorest and most lawless of the 3 countries in North America and long before you were even born Hombre, I have traveled many times to Mexico for vacations. As a result of the Mexican Govt. “abducting/detaining” our Soldier Andrew Tamarese for 8 months, I will never set foot in Mexico again. I suspect that you do not have a clue with regard to revenue generated for the NFL Owners when their teams play in London and I am confident that the NFL office in NY has never published the potential profits associated with our teams playing in Mexico City…one of the most heavily populated, excessively polluted, crime ridden, drug overlord dominated, criminal, lawless, corrupt [governments, police officials, and court systems] found anywhere in the free World!!! You speak of “we can afford to pay and watch games”, which includes you and no doubt 1000 other ex-convicts . Football is our Sport not yours and in case you forget Einstein, soccer is played there with great attendance and enthusiasm… I suggest that you stick to what little you know best there. We have no intention of globalizing football around the World FYI. Serious discussions among NFL Owners are analyzing how to get rid of Roger Go-To-Hell at some point in the future and New England fans have already issued death threats to this punk –ass chump over the Brady suspension. Why should we risk putting our NFL players, coaches, and staffs into your shithole city, place them at great risk of armed robbery, criminal extortion, unmitigated drug abuse, rampant prostitution , corrupt police, and potential life threatening situations, just so some fans like you can be entertained with our National Sports Pastime. F/U… Start your own Football League and watch how quickly it will collapse like nearly every other aspect of Mexican Government, Commerce, Energy Mgmt, Tourism et al. As soon as Trump builds our wall on your border and we export millions of aliens back to Mexico and Trump invokes his plan to recover the cost to build this wall from Mexico, why don’t you spearhead the creation of your own Mexican Football League there. Team Names could be the Wetbacks vs the Druggies, Hookers vs the Pimps, Extortions vs the Illiterates ,Judges vs the Illegal politicians, Wardens vs the Inmates etc. Don’t bother replying me… do something different like taking a bath for a change.

  • Carlos

    I can tell you’re one of those hate filled culturally fearful individuals who feel enabled to spit ignorant crap around. The way you describe your views of life and society tells me we’re better off not having you in Mexico anymore. I truly hope you will take better care of your PTSD suffering vets in the future, that way they won’t drive by themselves at night in a car packed with ammo and guns thru our border. Your racism won’t protect you forever, the violence and stupidity in your tone reveals you’re just a scared person who can’t control change and progress around him. Good luck with that.

  • Huge-Packers-Fan

    1. You are an authority on nothing with an useless opinion about everything!!!.
    2. Based on the number of your commentaries, it is obvious that you do not have a real job consuming most of your time. Get tired of picking tomatoes or cutting lawns Hombre?
    3. You are so ignorant that you cannot discern the difference between a hate filled culturally fearful individual as you allege that I am and a highly educated, mega-rich retired business owner, who has informed you in a clear and concise manner what your Third World shithole Country is actually like in the American citizens viewpoint, notwithstanding the few Resort cities that separate 98% of the destitute Mexican population from the few Land Barons and Drug Lords.
    4. You can bet your fat Mexican ass that I will never enter Mexico ever again, under any circumstances. Considering our President Trump had a confrontational meeting with your President over the Wall, rest assured our President will most likely not be visiting your shithole country again in the future and will most likely decline that ” genius” President of yours visiting Washington again soon begging for foreign aid.
    5. I am not a racist but moreover all of my comments to you are that of a realist, my country protects my 1st Amendment speech, I do not advocate violence nor stupidity when I inform you to get your own Football League, and any new American Expansion Teams will be forthcoming from our Country….not yours.
    6. Your contemptuous comments about our fine U.S. Marine Andrew Tammarese being detained and brutalized in one of your shithole prisons due to simply misunderstanding a turnaround zone at Mexican customs under construction [due to his PTSD] is totally incomparable to the 15-20 million illegal Mexican and Central American aliens who have illegally invaded our country and have become wards of the U.S. Taxpayers because the Washington Congressional imbeciles we voted into office talk incessantly about “comprehensive immigration reform” and as usual have done nothing about it for the past 15-20 years.
    7. FYI…All USA Steeler Fans and 31 other NFL Teams fans don’t give a damn about your desire to watch their team play in Mexico City. Steeler fans want to watch their Steelers play in Pittsburgh, as do all the fans of the other 31 NFL teams and do not regard your assertion that their team playing in Mexico City is indeed “change and Progress” .
    8 I suggest that you quit while your behind!!

  • Carlos

    Considering that 95% of your comments are made up ad hominem ones, I now guess you actually are a stale culturally fearful ignorant mega rich business owner (the boring kind). Let me go back to my academically acclaimed tomatoes while you simmer in your hateful juices.

    Never forget this: you’re a clown, a rich one, but in the end a bitter ignorant clown, spitting racist crap on a chat.