Hearing the devastating news today that Dan Rooney passed away at the age of 84 not only sent shockwaves through Pittsburgh but all over the world. Mr. Rooney was truly the most beloved owner in all of sports, bar none. Countless acts of kindness and generosity towards his players and the community has cemented his reputation as Pittsburgh royalty.
Mr. Rooney was not only the owner of the best franchise in sports but also served as the United States Ambassador to Ireland from July 3, 2009 until his retirement in 2012. President Obama a close friend of Rooney was quoted as saying “-more importantly, he was a great friend to the people of Pittsburgh, a model citizen, and someone who represented the United States with dignity and grace on the world stage.”
“I’m just a regular guy from Pittsburgh”
– Dan Rooney
Mr. Rooney was just that, just a guy from Pittsburgh. He wasn’t the kind of man to boast of what he had, he treated people with respect. He held himself and his organization to a certain standard, one that did not demand respect, but damn sure deserved it.
Dan Rooney left his mark on this world in a big way; He holds six Championships, was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame, was The United States Ambassador to Ireland, and was instrumental in developing The Rooney Rule. Not to mention the endless hours he spent improving our city. Dan Rooney is the epitome of what it means to be from Pittsburgh.
Rest in Peace Mr. Rooney. Thank you for all you have done for this city, the NFL and the world. We will never forget you.
Dan Rooney, 1932-2017