Pittsburgh Steelers Leader & NFL Icon Dan Rooney Dies At Age 84

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The passing of Pittsburgh Steelers owner Dan Rooney has the league in mourning and remembering the legend that he was in the NFL.

Dan Rooney died at the age of 84 on April 13.

Yesterday, the Pittsburgh Steelers announced the death of former president, Dan Rooney.

Mr. Rooney, who also served as USA ambassador to Ireland, took over day-to-day management of the Steelers in the 1960s from his father, Art Rooney, who bought the franchise in 1933.

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

Yet, as the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports, Rooney left a mark not simply on the Steelers but on the league as a whole, as well. He also praised Rooney on being a tremendous family man.

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The Rooney Rule was formed by Mr. Rooney in order to promote diversity in coaching hires.

"My father meant so much to all of us, and so much to so many past and present members of the Steelers organization", Art Rooney II said.

"You can see that progress is being made", Goodell said.

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

Rooney had a vibrant life outside football. Outside of the Steelers, Rooney is the patriarch of the Rooney Rule, which was created in 2003 and requires teams to interview minority candidates for senior positions with the organization. Dan Rooney was a true pioneer; genuine ... humble ... one of the nicest people you'll ever meet. He was a high school quarterback and was a 1955 graduate of Duquesne University in his home town. Mr Rooney also prepared the way for the Obama visit to Ireland.

Rooney is survived by his wife Patricia and seven of their nine children.

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