Steelers Chairman Dan Rooney Dead

14 April, 2017, 10:48 | Author: Nora May
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"Ambassador Rooney was one of the giants of our game", McCaskey said in a statement, "His quiet counsel to league commissioners going back to Bert Bell was invaluable to the success of the NFL".

Pittsburgh has had a mere three head coaches since '69.

Under Rooney's direction, the Steelers enjoyed a golden era starting in 1975 with the first of four Super Bowl wins in six years.

Rooney also led the charge of identifying minority head-coaching candidates while leading the league's diversity meeting. Few have served so many so well.

"In some ways I think of myself as the Last Steeler, the last of the founding generation of the NFL", Rooney wrote in "Dan Rooney: My 75 years With the Pittsburgh Steelers and the NFL" (2007). I haven't gotten to read Labriola's article but I can assure you it'll be one of the best things you'll read on Mr. Rooney and is certainly worth your time.

"My job is to do what's best for the organization and to make that decision regardless of what the consequences are to me personally", Dan Rooney once said.

President Obama said Thursday that Rooney surpassed his high expectations while serving as ambassador.

The Rooney Rule still holds great influence.

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"Pennsylvania has lost a true icon and one of our most revered citizens, civic leaders and public servants".

Rooney was born July 20, 1932, in Pittsburgh, to Art Rooney Sr., who founded the Steelers the following year.

"I have played with guys that have come from other teams".

During the Steelers' playoff drought, from 1948 to 1971, Rooney and his wife, Patricia, built a family, with nine children.

Rooney had learned that lesson decades earlier when the Steelers hired Bill Nunn Jr., a Pittsburgh-area sports writer, as a scout in 1967.

Rooney, who also served as former U.S. ambassador to Ireland between 2009 and 2012, was widely credited with helping to shape the modern National Football League in a lifelong association with the game.

I'm sure more players, past and present, will be expressing their thoughts on the passing of the Steelers legend. He is the father of the 'Rooney Rule, ' which has meant so much to minorities working in, and wanting to work in, the NFL.

In 1976 Mr Rooney and Irish businessman Sir Anthony O'Reilly, then a senior executive at food group Heinz, established the Ireland Funds in Pittsburgh to raise money aimed at promoting peace and reconciliation in Ireland from Irish Americans who wanted to help Northern Ireland during the Troubles.

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