Not sure which idea came first, the bumblebee-like throwback uniforms or the swarming defensive tactic as described by ESPN analyst Cris Carter. But one thing was quite, the bold black and gold graphic did its part yesterday as the Pittsburgh Steelers stopped RG3 and the Washington Redskins dead in their tracks with a 27 to 12 win.
To commemorate the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 80th anniversary as a team, Nike Football took the graphics from Steelers’ old 1934 uniforms and reapplied them to the Nike Elite 51 process. Like them or hate them, the uniforms served one other unintended purpose at yesterday’s game, as a distraction for the opponents. A lesson Nike learned quite well when at the launch of its wildly colored Mercurial Vapor cleats a few years back. The uniforms will appear again later this season. There are also plans for Nike to expand the throwback design project with other NFL teams.