Pitt Honoring Dan Rooney With Special Steelers Helmets for Spring Game

"Dan Rooney exemplified the very best of Pittsburgh". The son of Steelers' founder Art Rooney, he was one of the most beloved sports figures of the last few decades, repeatedly earning praise from coaches, players, fans and the media for his role in the game football and much more.

Steelers players paid tribute to Rooney on Thursday as well.

"As someone who's privileged to work in the National Football League, my honest condolences go out to the Rooney family, (head coach) Mike Tomlin and everyone else at the Steelers who knew Mr. Rooney, " said Joseph, who in January because the first, African American full-time head coach in the Broncos' 57-year history. - Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf. You made me feel welcome.

Rooney was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame back in 2000. Dan's immeasurable contributions to his team, our league and to our country will be a lasting legacy of a man and leader respected by so many. "I extend my heartfelt sympathy to Patricia, their children, and all of the Rooney family that God grant Dan eternal rest".

"[Rooney] personified everything that's good about Pittsburgh", Penguins president David Morehouse said of the longtime Steelers executive.

"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".

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

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