As if the Steelers didn’t have enough incentive to beat the Browns when the two teams get together at Heinz Field in Week One, the U.S. Senate has given them another reason to play hard and win.
And it has nothing to do with the Steelers changing their name.
The Senate passed a resolution making September 7 “Chuck Noll Day,” according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
“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,” Republican Pat Toomey said on the floor of the Senate. “The City of Pittsburgh and football fans across Pennsylvania will miss Coach Noll.”
Pennsylania’s Democratic senator joined in the effort to secure the resolution.
“Chuck Noll provided the culture of success on and off the field,” Bob Casey said. “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.”
Noll died last month at the age of 82. He coached the team from 1969 through 1991, transforming a long-suffering franchise into one of the finest in the sport. As pointed out by Ray Fittipaldo of the Post-Gazette, Noll wouldn’t have wanted to be recognized with a resolution from the U.S. Senate. Which is one of the reasons he deserves that honor and plenty of others.