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Dan Rooney’s imprint on the Pittsburgh Steelers lives on.

The Steelers paid tribute to their longtime president and chairman during an emotional pregame ceremony before hosting Minnesota. The team aired a video highlighting the Hall of Famer’s impact on the city he called home, the NFL dynasty he helped build and the league he helped guide for decades. Rooney died in April at age 84.

Hall of Fame players Mel Blount and Rocky Bleier, vital players during the Super Steelers of the 1970s, raised a gold flag in the south end zone at Heinz Field that features a black shamrock and Rooney’s initials. The crowd, including NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, held a moment of silence in Rooney’s honor before members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra played the national anthem.

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, the final Steeler introduced, knelt before racing to midfield waving a flag with Rooney’s emblem before handing it off to linebacker James Harrison.

The Steelers will wear the Rooney patch on the right shoulder of their jerseys this season.