How Dan Rooney forced the National Football League to give Black coaches a chance

This coming year the NFL will have at least eight minority head coaches leading 25 percent of the league's teams. "Dan Rooney and his family, like the Maras, provided the foundation for the National Football League that we all see today", Giants chairman and executive vie president Steve Tisch said in a separate statement. "Everybody loves Dan Rooney", said Alex Porco. Obama had this to say about Mr. Rooney: "Dan Rooney was a great friend of mine, but 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". While the NFL nearly had 65 percent of its athletes being Black, only six percent of the league had minority representation as head coaches.

Rooney oversaw six championships for a team that hadn't appeared in a title game prior to his taking over.

Joe Gordon said Rooney was guided by his own moral compass, with a bedrock belief in fairness and equality.

The Rooney Rule spurred movement outside pro football. Rooney helped create the "Rooney Rule" to help prevent job discrimination. Tom Wolf said in a news release announcing the order.

Benedictine Archabbott Douglas Nowicki told KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh that Rooney was at summer training every day in the heat of the summer and he viewed the players as an extension of his family. It was not the right thing from many, many standpoints.

"After every game, win or lose, Mr. Rooney would enter our locker room, look me in my eye and shake my hand along with every player who stepped foot on the field". His work with the Irish-American charities was noticed by the former president and in 2009, Rooney became the American ambassador to Ireland until his resignation in 2012.

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