🅱️LOCK IS 🅱️ACK pic.twitter.com/c3qb1BI9Ui
— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) November 7, 2023
Yesterday the Steelers teased some sort of announcement for today. I was hoping it might be the return of their yellow throwback helmet. Instead, it turned out to be a different type of retro-themed announcement, as the team revealed that it will be wearing the popular block-number throwback jerseys this Sunday against the Packers.
The Steelers wore this block-numbered jersey from 1968 through 1996 and then changed to their current italic number font in 1997. According to the Gridiron Uniform Database, the block numerals were brought back as a throwback for one game in 2018 and have subsequently reappeared for one game apiece in 2019 and 2022. The Steelers have won all three of those games.
For better or worse, today’s throwback announcement qualifies as bigger news because the Steelers are not among the NFL teams that release their uniform schedules before the start of the season. Do you prefer to see the uni schedules ahead of time, or do you like it better when a team can surprise us like the Steelers are doing here?