Steelers honor Dan Rooney before home opener – Pittsburgh Steelers News

Steelers honor Dan Rooney before home opener – Pittsburgh Steelers News

The Pittsburgh Steelers honored late chairman Dan Rooney, who died April 13, before Sunday’s home opener against the Minnesota Vikings at Heinz Field. 

The tribute started with a video on the scoreboard. Then, a flag with Rooney’s initials — DMR — was raised outside Gate A by former Steelers Mel Blount and Rocky Bleier. The initials were surrounded by a black and gold shamrock. Steelers players will wear the same image on the right side of their jerseys throughout the regular season. 

“Dan played a big role in my life, as he probably did in a lot of player’s lives,” Bleier told the Steelers website. “He has always been a friend of the players. He has also been engaged with the fans, understood how important the fans are to the team and the City of Pittsburgh. For Dan to be recognized on game day in front of all of the fans, it’s apropos.”  

Ben Roethlisberger entered the field holding a duplicate flag of the one raised above Gate A. He briefly planted the flag on the grass, knelt and then ran to join his teammates. He handed the flag to James Harrison, who waved it in front of the cheering crowd.

Joe Greene and Franco Harris served as co-captains for the coin toss and wore game jerseys with the DMR patch attached.

“I am so happy to be a part of it,” Green told the team website. “From the day I signed my Steelers contract, he has been an important part of my family for all of those…

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