Pittsburgh Penguins to honor Steelers owner Rooney with helmet decals

Dan Rooney Steelers Chairman and Football Icon Dies at 84

"Dan Rooney exemplified the very best of Pittsburgh".

"Mr. Rooney was an unbelievable man who made such tremendous contributions to the National Football League, the City of Pittsburgh and the people of our community".

The Penguins honored former Steelers' owner Dan Rooney at Friday's playoff game. Among his contributions to the league was the Rooney Rule, which required NFL teams to interview minority candidates for coaching and front-office positions. "I extend my heartfelt sympathy to Patricia, their children, and all of the Rooney family that God grant Dan eternal rest".

When the Steelers needed a coach after the resignation of Bill Cowher following the 2006, they hired Mike Tomlin, the first black coach in franchise history. "I knew he'd do a wonderful job when I named him as our United States Ambassador to Ireland, but naturally, he surpassed my high expectations, and I know the people of Ireland think fondly of him today".

Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti also issued a statement.

Considered one of the most inspirational and influential executives in the NFL, Rooney was widely respected and appreciated even beyond the boundaries of football.

"Mr. Rooney was so gracious, warm and welcoming when I joined the league".