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On emotional day, Steelers give game ball to Art Rooney II in memory of his late father

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The Pittsburgh Steelers did more than just play a football game Sunday, they remembered the patriarch of their franchise.

Pittsburgh Steelers v Cleveland Browns Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images

For the team and their fans, Sunday was an emotional day for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Before the game the team showed a touching tribute for the late Mr. Dan Rooney on the jumbotron, and the entire fan base had a heavy heart considering it was the first regular season game at Heinz Field where Dan Rooney wasn’t a part of it in some way.

With that said, after the 26-9 win over the Minnesota Vikings, the team gave the game ball to Art Rooney II, who will give the football to his mother, the late Mr. Rooney’s wife.

Such a classy move has become commonplace within the organization, but it just goes to show how things are done in Pittsburgh are not the norm around the NFL.

Although the team win was a great way to honor Rooney, there would be no better way for the organization to pay him tribute than winning a seventh Super Bowl this year, and the team is off to a good start. At 2-0, and looking like a contender in the AFC, the Steelers won’t forget who they are playing for every time they put on their jersey and see that ‘DMR’ patch on their upper right chest.

Several players spoke about the loss of Rooney, and their continues to be a hole in the organization which will likely never be filled simply based on just how influential Rooney was not just to the Steelers, but the city of Pittsburgh and the entire NFL.

At least for a day, the Steelers gave Mr. Rooney exactly what he would have wanted. A suffocating defensive performance in a big Week 2 win.

If you missed the tribute to Mr. Dan Rooney, you can view it HERE.