Dan Rooney's funeral arrangements to include public viewing at Heinz Field

Rooney's funeral will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m.at St. Paul Cathedral, at 108 N. Dithridge St.in Pittsburgh.

A member of one of the NFL's founding families has died. Joe Horrigan is with the Pro Football Hall of Fame, which inducted Rooney in 2000.

After serving as the chairman of the Pittsburgh Steelers from 2003-2017, Dan Rooney passed away on Thursday afternoon.

As perhaps the most respected of all National Football League owners and confidante on three National Football League commissioners, Dan Rooney lobbied hard for what later became known as the "Rooney Rule", requiring that teams interview minority candidates for open coaching positions.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf ordered the Commonwealth flag to be flown at half-staff across the state to honor Rooney. Among his contributions to the league was the Rooney Rule, which required NFL teams to interview minority candidates for coaching and front-office positions.

"Dan Rooney was an innovative leader who forever shaped the sport of football and the city of Pittsburgh", said University of Pittsburgh Chancellor Patrick Gallagher.

Added Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi: "A truly unforgettable and special moment for me was getting a personal visit from Dan Rooney after I had just accepted the head coaching job at Pitt". We send our deepest condolences to his wife, Patricia, and the entire Rooney family. He oversaw the coaching change from Chuck Noll to Bill Cowher and was a key factor in the coaching hire of current Steelers' head coach Mike Tomlin.

The team hired Noll in 1969 and he promptly went 1-13, somehow fitting for the sad sack Steelers.



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