Steelers hold moment of silence before kickoff to remember Saturday's tragedy

As many Americans and particularly Pittsburgh residents continue to process and mourn Saturday’s unconscionable massacre at the Tree of Life synagogue in the city, the Pittsburgh Steelers are hosting a game against the Cleveland Browns.

The Steelers are doing what they can under the circumstances to honor victims and uplift the city.

Moment of silence at Heinz Field

Just before the singing of the national anthem by local rock legend Donnie Iris, there was a moment of silence at Heinz Field. The scoreboards around the stadium were dark, and many on the sidelines stood with their heads bowed.

On Saturday, current and former members of the Steelers posted messages of support on social media. The Steelers posted a message on Sunday morning from team president Art Rooney II denouncing anti-Semitism and hate crimes, and asking fans to participate in the moment of silence.

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PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 28: A fan holds up a sign to honor the victims of the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue during the game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cleveland Browns at Heinz Field on October 28, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)
Pittsburgh Steelers fans sit behind a banner with a Star of David beside their Steelers blanket as they watch the teams warm up before an NFL football game between the Steelers and the Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, in Pittsburgh. There was a deadly shooting in a Pittsburgh synagogue on Saturday. (AP Photo/Don Wright)
A Pittsburgh Steelers logo with one of the hypocycloids changed to a Star of David is on a banner at Heinz Field for an NFL football game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, in Pittsburgh. The Steelers added the logo in respect for the victims of a deadly shooting in a Pittsburgh synagogue on Saturday. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Fans stand above a banner with a Pittsburgh Steelers logo that has one of the hypocycloids changed to a Star of David at Heinz Field for an NFL football game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, in Pittsburgh. The Steelers added the logo in respect for the victims of a deadly shooting in a Pittsburgh synagogue on Saturday. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
A Pittsburgh Steelers logo with one of the hypocycloids changed to a Star of David is on a banner at Heinz Field for an NFL football game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, in Pittsburgh. The Steelers added the logo in respect for the victims of a deadly shooting in a Pittsburgh synagogue on Saturday. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Oct 28, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Fans hold signs at Heinz field to honor the victims of the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue before the game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cleveland Browns at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 28, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers fans bow their head for a moment of silence to honor the victims of the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue before the game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cleveland Browns at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 28, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers players bow their head for a moment of silence to honor the victims of the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue before the game against the Cleveland Browns at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 28, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; The scoreboard is blank during a moment of silence in honor of the victims of the Tree of Life Synagog shooting prior to the game between the Cleveland Browns and the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 28, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; A sign in honor of the victims of the Tree of Life Synagogue shooting at Heinz Field before the Pittsburgh Steelers host the Cleveland Browns. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
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