In Thursday’s contest against the New England Patriots, the Pittsburgh Steelers will sport their “Color Rush” alternate jersey. In addition, the endzones at Acrisure Stadium are painted gold for the matchup. The team’s social media team teased the announcements earlier in the week before they were confirmed by a X post on Wednesday.
Since the turn of the century, the Steelers wore many different alternate jerseys until they debuted the Color Rush jersey as one of their current alternates back in the 2016 season. Compared to the Steelers normal jersey, the Color Rush jersey features golden block numbers and black pants.
The Steelers first introduced the Color Rush jersey during the 2016 season and have worn them at least once in each season since then. The Steelers debuted the Color Rush uniforms on Christmas Day in 2016, when they defeated the Baltimore Ravens, 31-27. This was the game where Antonio Brown made the “Immaculate Extension” to win the AFC North title. The most recent game that the team wore the all-black jersey was Week 11 of last year when they lost to the Cincinnati Bengals, 37-30.
Overall, the Steelers are 7-2 when donning the fan-favorite alternate jersey.
Regardless of their prior strong performances in the Color Rushes, the Steelers will need to beat a 2-10 Patriots team on Thursday night to get back into the win column, which, as the Steelers witnissed last week, no game is penciled in as a for-sure win after dropping Sunday’s affair to the 3-10 Arizona Cardinals.
The Patriots are coming off of another disappointing loss, this time to the Los Angeles Chargers, 6-0. Sunday marked the third game in a row that the Patriots allowed 10 points or fewer yet still lost. Win or lose, the popularity of the all-black alternates will continue and while the NFL does not enforce teams to wear the Color Rush jerseys, it should not be expected that this will be the last time that the Steelers wear them.
STEELERS IN COLOR RUSH JERSEYS
Nov. 20, 2022 vs. Cincinnati Bengals, 37-30 L
Nov. 8, 2021 vs. Chicago Bears, 29-27 W
Dec. 2, 2020 vs. Baltimore Ravens, 19-14 W
Dec. 15, 2019 vs. Buffalo Bills, 17-10 L
Oct. 28, 2019 vs. Miami Dolphins, 27-14 W
Dec. 16, 2018 vs. New England Patriots, 17-10 W
Nov. 8, 2018 vs. Carolina Panthers, 52-21 W
Nov. 16, 2017 vs. Tennessee Titans, 40-17 W
Dec. 25, 2016 vs. Baltimore Ravens, 31-27 W