On September 7th, the football season officially begins for Steelers fans. The team hosts the Cleveland Browns at Heinz Field, with a 1:00 pm kickoff. The day has a new meaning now though, thanks to a senate resolution approved to commemorate the life of the legendary Steelers head coach.
The resolution, which was passed by Pennsylvania’s US Senators last week, designates September 7th “Chuck Noll Day”. “Chuck Noll was one of the greatest coaches in NFL history and played a huge part in turning the once downtrodden Steelers franchise into the powerhouse it has been for the last 40-plus years,” said Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) as he introduced the resolution last week. “The City of Pittsburgh and football fans across Pennsylvania will miss Coach Noll.”
Noll passed away last month at his home in Sewickley. He coached the Steelers for 22 years and brought four Lombardi trophies to Pittsburgh during his tenure.
“Chuck Noll provided the culture of success on and off the field,” said Bob Casey (D- Pa.). “Not only was he a great representative of Pittsburgh and a legendary coach who reached the heights of his profession, but more importantly, he inspired his players, his staff, and the entire Steelers Nation to strive for greatness.
“This resolution honors his milestones of creating the Steel Curtain and winning four Super Bowls. We will never forget the impact he had on all of Western Pennsylvania and Steelers fans across the nation and worldwide.”
Team President Art Rooney II said last month that the Steelers plan to honor Chuck Noll with a helmet decal or jersey patch this season. The details of which have yet to be finalized.