Chuck Noll, who won four Super Bowls with the Steelers from 1969-1991, died in June at the age of 82. Beginning Sunday and throughout the 2014 season, the Steelers will honor Noll with a "CHN" decal to be worn on players' helmets.
“We wanted to do something,” Steelers President Art Rooney II said, according to the team's website. “And after we talked about it internally that seemed to be the most appropriate thing we could do. The team will wear it the whole season. ...
“Chuck really provided a lot of the foundation that all of this -- players, coaches, front office, owners -- we are all still standing on that foundation. I think it's important that we recognize that, and this is a great way to do it.”
Three players on the current roster weren't born when Noll coached his last season in Pittsburgh, but the team's oldest member, 35-year-old Brett Keisel, is well aware of Noll's lasting impact on the organization.
“It's going to be incredible because of what Chuck Noll means,” Keisel said. “You think of that name, Chuck Noll, you think of the Pittsburgh Steelers, you think of the four Super Bowls they won in the 1970s, the domination that was created by him. I'm always thinking about those guys he drafted and the mentality he instilled in them. It was the reason they were so good, because of the way they came and played together. It was all because of Chuck Noll. When you think about the Pittsburgh Steelers you think about championships and you think about Chuck Noll.”
Tight end Heath Miller, entering his 10th season, added: “From the first day I came to the Steelers organization I was always honored to put on the uniform and what it represented. Coach Noll is a big part of establishing the pride and the honor we have in representing the Steelers organization because those teams laid the foundation for many, many more successful years to come. It's neat we can pay our respects to him and let everyone know that we understand the Steelers organization represents success in the NFL, and he is the biggest part of that success.”