Funeral arrangements set for Steelers' chairman Dan Rooney

Steelers owner Dan Rooney lofts the Vince Lombardi Trophy after Pittsburgh beat the Seattle Seahawks to win Super Bowl XL in 2006

- Pro Football Hall of Fame President and CEO David Baker.

Yeah. It's a sad, sad morning in Pittsburgh.

The funeral arrangements for Pittsburgh Steelers chairman and owner Dan Rooney include a public viewing at Heinz Field on Monday. But for everyone in the City of Pittsburgh and Steelers Nation. NPR's Tom Goldman has more.

Rooney took over Steelers operations in the 1960s from his father, Art, who founded the franchise. Dan Rooney prioritized certain characteristics above all in the organization and those characteristics are still held to a high standard within the Steelers organization.

Under his ownership, the Steelers won six Super Bowls.

Rooney was equally influential with the league.

The NFL felt the passing of longtime Pittsburgh Steelers owner Dan Rooney this week, with many fellow owners, players, former players and people associated with the NFL making statements about his loss. Seventy years later, Dan Rooney was the driving force behind the Rooney Rule.

"He fought to give more opportunities for minority coaches to ascend in the National Football League", the paper writes, "an effort that prompted the adoption of what is known as the Rooney Rule, which requires teams to interview at least one minority coach in the process of hiring a head coach". Dan Rooney talked about it in 2012. And we just felt that this was not the right thing. "Personally, I'll always be grateful for the guidance and friendship he provided to me over the years". He served as the team's controlling owner from 1988-2003 before turning over control gradually to other members of the family.



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