Pittsburgh Steelers Uniform Re-design From Alkire

The Pittsburgh Steelers have one of the most recognized branding in the NFL.

Seems like almost every season, there is some sort of ‘what if’ uniform re-design from Nike or some other large sport apparel.  Some times they are very dramatic changes, and ones that would never happen.  Other times they are pleasing changes to the eye, others still are pretty darn fierce.  One of the latest sets of NFL uniform redesigns from Jesse Alkire keep with the tradition of designing Steelers uniforms – don’t mess with an already good thing.

Courtesy: http://www.jessealkire.com/

You can see that the top of the uniform and helmet remain virtually untouched.  The emblem doesn’t change one bit (although that strap placement is awful annoying).  The shoulder striping also stays the same.  Alkire makes one minor and very effective adjustment to the look of the pants. Here you can see that he’s added striping down the side that is similar to what the shoulder pad striping does.  I dig that.

Where Alkire makes the most dramatic move is with the Steelers ‘alternate’ uniform.  Alkire correctly steers away from any desire of harkening back to any sort of throwback uniform.  Steeler Nation can breathe a heavy sigh of relief with no signs of bumblebees anywhere.  And no solid gold helmets to get a headache over.

You can see in the alternates below that they are a huge drastic change from just about anything that screams Steelers.  I’m not really quite sure how I would feel about seeing those on the field.  Firstly, they are too much like the new college uniform designs – only a glimmer of the team symbols, whacked out colors, and ‘loud’ enough that feel more like a distraction to look at than anything.  Which brings me to my second point – those grey uniforms look way too much like the Oregon Ducks uniforms when they went through some major re-designs.  I want to like them, but I can’t help but keep my lunch from coming back up.


What do you think Steeler Nation.  Weigh in on these conceptual uniforms.  Love’m? Hate’m?


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  • Scott

    Why change the uniforms at all? They’re classics and identify the Steelers as a team that represents excellence without flashiness-old school roll up the sleeves and get the job done! I will proudly wear my “old style” Steeler garb and that alternative uniform is hideous!

    • ron cuglietta

      Couldn’t agree more

  • ron cuglietta

    Why change what doesnt need change? Classic cannot be improved. Thankfully they didnt alter the pant to look like the Ratbirds. The alternate uniform is a drastic change. Not liking that much

  • Joshua Giovannone

    I love our jerseys the way the are but a 3rd jersey like the gray one maybe once a season or once every few years would be interesting to see.

  • Da’Ron Lee

    I always felt we should have an alternate with the pants…either retro with the white with black stripe like the late 60′s or black pants..simple but impactful with our classic jerseys

  • Mangler

    I love the bumblebee unis, they are soo ugly they are neat looking. Plus they give all the Steeler haters something to whine about. keep the regular uniforms the same.

  • Jon

    Simply AWFUL… all of them!!! No need to change what works. Just simply bring back the block numbers.

  • Tom Mccaffrey

    Art Rooney ll is a idiot, no telling what he will do. Can your fire the owner, Dallas Cowboys tryed

    • Rick Eger

      Why would you say he’s an idiot? Show me proof?

      • Tom Mccaffrey

        Look at his record Moron

  • indfl

    Awesome- I always thought grey would be cool….because, ya know, steel….

  • pghpatriot

    Hate them. Enough of the zombie, robot, etc. look.. This is a classic football team that should wear a classic football uniform. Sometimes the hardest thing to do is shut-up and don’t give into peer pressure. This is just about somebody wanting to make (another) buck! Stand on the corner and sell pencils!

  • David

    Um, no!!!

  • Rick Eger

    I don’t know why they’d wanna go too a gray uni and I absoultely hate those numbers….always’ have!