Pittsburgh Steelers Logo

Steelers Logo

To numerous fans, this almost ninety-year-old sports brand is still a symbol of the highly professional American football.

Steelers Logo History

Steelers Logo History

The Pittsburgh Steelers logo boasts a very exciting history, which is intertwined with the history of this American football club itself. As long as we are discussing the logo, passing the team’s history over in silence would not be a fair thing to do.

Well, it was back in 1933 that the Pittsburgh Pirates football team was founded in Pittsburgh, the United States (Pennsylvania). There was another club at the time using the name – a baseball club, and nobody cared about the downright controversy. Later, this National Football League’s most controversial club (it boasts the longest stay in the NFL without winning a final until 1970), it did change its name for the unique “Steelers” or “Pittsburgh Steelers”.

pittsburgh steelers logo

During the first years of its existence, the club had very limited opportunities for organization, because at that time holding mass events on Sunday was illegal in the area. The law had stemmed from local cultural and religious traditions, which became legislative acts that placed restrictions on cultural activities.

Today, the Steelers is proud of its history (the longest-standing NFL member), and it demonstrates decent playing every year.

And now, let’s go into detail.

The Astroid logo has proved to be the brightest one, as its design was influenced by the symbol of the American Iron and Steel Institute. Three colored rhombuses are the Steelers logo’s key elements.

The Pittsburgh Steelers symbol

Steelers symbol

The first graphic symbol of Steekers was the Pittsburgh town arms featuring elements of the city’s architecture. Later, in 1940, it was replaced by the image of factory chimneys on a blue background. During the 1961 season, the emblem sported a punting worker, but the logo would not work. However, the good old Steely McBeam is still the club’s good luck charm.

The Steelers symbol, initially an outdoor advertisement element, became part of the team’s uniform design in the 1950s. The logo sported players’ numbers. They were expelled from the logo for good around 1962, but the logo, though slightly corrected, is still in use. It should be noted that the logo had been integral to the Steelers’ uniform design since the 1940s. Some fans soon began to incorporate their favorite team’s logo in memorabilia and accessories.

Steelers logo

The subject matter was well thought out too. However, it was the group of designers who had done the thinking, and they had cooperated with the American Iron and Steel Institute (also referred to as the Steel and Alloys Institute). It was all forgotten over so many years. Well, here is what the tri-color rhomboid sparks meant: steal would shine on hard work and leisure time, as well as broaden the opportunities given by the world around us. This logo was used to promote new steel brands and products made of it.

Partially, the subject matter is similar to the ideological concept of the Steel Institute’s symbol. Sport was to be a bastion of peace in the life of a working man and an opportunity to see the world. The team did its uttermost to promote these principles.

The somewhat strange decision to place the symbol on helmets deserves a separate mention. At first, the club managers were reluctant to decorate the uniform with the logo and decided to place it on the right side only instead of placing it on both sides. That was supposed to be temporary and would clarify if the logo would look great on the golden helmet. After a while, the golden color was replaced with black, but the logo was still on the right only. By the time, the design became a kind of trademark feature. Also, the first season (1962), when the new logo appeared on the players’ helmets, was truly successful, the club came second in the Eastern Division and qualified for the Playoff Bowl (a game for silver champions from different divisions).

However, the team lost the playoff to a stronger club – the Detroit Lions, but, given the time that has passed since then, there is no need to focus on that nasty incident.

The Pittsburgh Steelers emblem

Steelers emblem

Needless to say, the club’s uniform has featured the Steelers emblem since its foundation. Gold and black were the team’s signature colors. These are the colors, which make up Pittsburgh’s flag. That comes as no surprise, because they stand for iron ore (gold) and coal (black), which, when merged at the cost of tremendous efforts and under high temperature, make high quality steel.

The very first uniform was a black jersey and golden helmet. Later, vertical strips were added, which made the players more visible in the field. However, now they looked more like prisoners than professional football players. There was more work for the designers to do. They decided not to replace the vertical strips with horizontal ones. The new uniform design did not last long either. In 1936, a solid black uniform was introduced with stripes remaining on sleeves only.

However, the club entered its day in the sun, which started from the 1960s, dressed in gold trousers, black jerseys (the team uses white jerseys for some away matches), and the helmets were black with a yellow strip in the middle and the Steelers emblem on the right. In 1968, the final corrections were made (a slight change in the rhombuses’ size).

The club owners have carried our numerous polls to find out if the uniform needed any changes, and they heard ‘no’ every time they did. Both Steelers fans and Pittsburgh citizens firmly insisted on preserving the traditional uniform color design. The team also has a ‘folklore’ name – “The Black and Gold” – after the team’s signature colors. That’s another story, though.