Steelers coach Mike Tomlin talks about pregame tribute to Dan Rooney
Mike Tomlin reflects on Dan Rooney tribute vs. Vikings
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin opened his postgame press conference on Sunday by talking about the team’s tribute to late chairman Dan Rooney.
Before kicking off against the Vikings at Heinz Field, the Steelers paid tribute to Rooney, who died on April 13. The ceremony included a video, a flag raising and a moment of silence.
“Our first regular season game without Mr. Rooney,” Tomlin said. “It was great to be a part of the recognition of him and his services and all that he has provided us over the years.”
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Several former Steelers were in attendance for the tribute.
Mel Blount and Rocky Bleier raised a black and gold flag adorned with a shamrock and Rooney’s initials — DMR — outside Gate A. Joe Greene and Franco Harris served as co-captains for the coin toss and wore game jerseys with a DMR patch attached. It’s the same patch the Steelers will wear throughout the regular season.
“Man, I appreciate the support from the Steel Curtain gentlemen,” Tomlin said. “Their support is in their presence, the fact that they’re always here, allowing us to see what the standard is and being a continual reminder and support unit for us.
“I just really love and appreciate not only what they’ve done, but who they are.”