The Steelers debuted the 1934-style throwbacks last season as a way to honor their 80th season:
“We wanted to use a jersey that we wore early in our history as we celebrate our 80th season,” Steelers’ President Art Rooney II said. “We have never used those jerseys since the 1934 season and I think our fans will be excited to see our players wear them in action this year.”
Whether or not Steelers fans were truly excited to see the look was in the eye of the beholder. USA Today’s Chris Chase likened the look to a “bumblebee in a Depression-era chain gang.”
The Lions haven’t made any official announcements of if or when they will wear a throwback uniform this season but Tom Lewand has indicated that it might be time. The Lions last wore throwbacks during the 2010 season when they hosted the New England Patriots on Thanksgiving Day.