Funeral arrangements set for Dan Rooney

The funeral arrangements are set for Pittsburgh Steelers Chairman Dan Rooney, and they include a public viewing at Heinz Field.

The NFL world was hit with bad news on Thursday as Pittsburgh Steelers chairman Dan Rooney passed away at the age of 84.

"When we first met in 2010 you embraced me with open arms". Mr. Rooney is one of the most respected and influential leaders in the history of the NFL. He shaped the league with instincts, wisdom and a soft-spoken velvet touch.

In 2000, he was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and two years later, turned day-to-day control of the Steelers over to his son, Art Rooney II.

Rooney is survived by his wife Patricia and seven of their nine children.

Penguins president/CEO David Morehouse and team owner Mario Lemieux both issued statements on Rooney's passing on Thursday. "He leaves a legacy on our sport that will last for generations", Giants president and CEO John Mara said in a statement.

"Rooney is a true patriot", said Jacob Bartolomucci.

We are deeply saddened by the loss of Dan Rooney. From there, Dan Rooney oversaw National Football League championships for a team that had never before played in an National Football League title game. "He was, quite simply, a great man".

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