Pitt football to wear helmet logo honoring Squirrel Hill shooting victims
Pitt football coach Pat Narduzzi said the Panthers will wear a Pittsburgh Strong logo with the Star of David on the back of their football helmets for their game Friday at Virginia in a show of support for the Squirrel Hill synagogue shooting victims.
“In tribute to the victims last Saturday morning, the people in Squirrel Hill and the City of Pittsburgh, we thought we’d make a tribute to them for the game and, really, the rest of the year,” Narduzzi said. “We’re just thinking about who we’re playing for. We play for this city. We talk about it all the time. It just gives us a little bit more motivation, to play for this city.”
Narduzzi wore a Pittsburgh Strong shirt while meeting with the media on Wednesday at UPMC Rooney Sports Performance Complex on the South Side. He said the Panthers coaches and players didn’t have much time to absorb the magnitude of the tragedy before Saturday’s game against Duke at Heinz Field, a 54-45 victory for the Panthers.
“That morning is tough. You’re talking the day of. You’re getting the news and getting an email, almost like it’s April Fool’s but you’re in the middle of October,” Narduzzi said. “I heard there was something going on, but I didn’t know anybody was hurt. ... Then it becomes real.”
Narduzzi said Pitt hopes to represent Pittsburgh and the Squirrel Hill community in a positive way in the national spotlight.
“We’re playing for this city, like we always do, but now we’re playing for a little bit more than just the city,” Narduzzi said. “We’re playing for those victims and the people. It’s a big thing. ... It gets bigger every day.
“This will be a great show of support.”
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