Steelers Owner Dan Rooney Passes Away
Hey there everyone, welcome back to my sports and fitness blog. I have some rather sad new to talk about today, for sports fans and fans of human beings. The owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers NFL team has passed away at 84, a complete surprise to fans. Dan Rooney was involved in the team since a young boy, assisting his father at Pitt Stadium and Forbes Field. Rooney took over as President of the team in 1975 and implemented his own philosophy of an open, practical and efficient management style. The results speak for themselves as in the 42 years from when Dan Rooney took office of the Steelers until his death the Steelers won 15 divisional championships, 8 AFC championships and 6 Super Bowl Championships. He will be missed by fans, players, and of course his loving family
A Man of Many Hats
Rooney not only had a distinguished career as the President of a football team, but he also served as the US ambassador to Ireland from 2009 until 2012 . He had previously stated that he had intentions to continue as the ambassador past 2012 in order to help Obama in his presidential campaign however he returned to the US to spend more time with his football team. Dan Rooney will be most remembered for his work to help end the strike that lasted half of the season in 1982 and being an architect of the salary cap in 1993. Dan Rooney was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2001. Rooney was presented by fellow Steeler Hall of Famer Joe Greene. Greene emphasized Rooney’s commitment to the civil rights movement and his help in ensuring that players around the league felt safe no matter what race they belong to.