Penguins To Honor Dan Rooney Friday Night With Helmet Decal

New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson 'saddened' by death of Pittsburgh Steelers owner Dan Rooney

FILE - In this January 14, 2009 file photo, Pittsburgh Steelers owner Dan Rooney watches his NFL team's football practice in Pittsburgh.

The NFL's "Rooney Rule", which mandates that teams interview at least one minority candidate for head coaching and senior football operation jobs, was implemented in 2002 and is named after the long-time Steelers owner.

The LA Rams released this official statement: "On behalf of the Los Angeles Rams and our fans, we send our deepest condolences and thoughts to the Rooney family and the Pittsburgh Steelers". With that, here is how Twitter reacted to the news. Mr. Rooney was a champion and a true Pittsburgh icon.

Governor Tom Wolf has ordered the Commonwealth flag to be flown at half-staff across Pennsylvania to honor Rooney, who died Thursday at 84.

On Friday, the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Pittsburgh Panthers football team both announced that they'd be honoring Rooney with their helmets. More than that he was a great friend who was a man of principle and a role model for any of us privileged to be a part of the NFL. "I extend my heartfelt sympathy to Patricia, their children, and all of the Rooney family that God grant Dan eternal rest".

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