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Pittsburgh Steelers retiring bumblebee uniforms after this season

While the Steelers will debut a new "Color Rush" jersey this year, the team will do away with the love-it-or-hate-it horizontally striped throwback jersey.

The Pittsburgh Steelers will don a black-on-black "Color Rush" jersey on Christmas against the Baltimore Ravens. And as a new jersey debuts, another one bites the dust. The Steelers will retire the much talked about "bumblebee" design that fans love to hate and hate to love.

Mark Kaboly, the Steelers beat writer for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, reported that this will be the last year the Steelers will wear the horizontally striped throwback jersey.

The team first wore the jersey, which looks like a mix between a bumblebee and jailhouse uniform, in 1934 and on special occasions sported the block letters and stripes again starting in 2012. The team may go forward with the black-on-black "Color Rush" design as the official alternate.

Teams began wearing "Color Rush" uniforms last season, which features tops and bottoms of the same color, but with a more intense hue than usual.

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