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Longtime Steelers owner and team president and former U.S. Ambassador to Ireland Dan Rooney passed away Friday, according to the team’s web site. He was 84 years old.

The team placed a single-image screen over its web site Thursday afternoon shortly after confirming one of the NFL’s patriarchs had passed away. Rooney, like his father, team founder Art Rooney, left an indelible impact on the city of Pittsburgh as well as the NFL.



PITTSBURGH, PA (April 13, 2017) Mayor William Peduto issued the following statement today on the death of Steelers Chairman and former U.S Ambassador to Ireland Dan Rooney: 

"Pittsburgh, and our nation, owes immeasurable gratitude to Ambassador Rooney. 

Thank you for your service to our country. Thank you for your devotion to your family and the Steeler nation. Thank you for all you have done for Pittsburgh."


Harrisburg, April 13, 2017 — State Sen. Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) expressed his thoughts and offered condolences on the passing of Pittsburgh Steelers owner Dan Rooney earlier today. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Rooney was 84 years old.

“Today Pennsylvania mourns the loss of a great Pittsburgh institution. Dan Rooney was more than just the owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was a leader in the Pittsburgh area whose contributions will be felt for generations to come.

“I was blessed to know the Rooney family for more than 25 years. Dan made his mark on Pa and across the world not only in the realm of athletics but also in civic engagements when he served as U.S. ambassador to Ireland.

“His work improved the lives of people across the world and gave families everywhere a reason to spend time together, sharing in the love of football and enjoying life.

“The region, the state and our nation will absorb a tremendous loss on Dan’s passing. My heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Rooney family at this difficult time. Godspeed to a truly wonderful man.”


Daniel Milton Rooney (July 20, 1932 - April 13, 2017) was the former United States Ambassador to Ireland, who served from July 3, 2009 until his resignation in 2012. He was chairman[2] of the Pittsburgh Steelers American football team in the National Football League (NFL), which was founded by his father, Art.[3] Rooney was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2000 for his contributions to the game. He was credited with spearheading a requirement that NFL teams with head coach and general manager vacancies interview at least one minority candidate, which has become known as the "Rooney Rule".

Rooney was also co-founder of the Ireland-related fundraising organization The Ireland Funds.




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