Steel­ers chair­man Rooney dies at 84

The Washington Times Daily - - SPORTS -

Dan Rooney, the pow­er­ful and pop­u­lar Pitts­burgh Steel­ers chair­man whose name is at­tached to the NFL’s land­mark ini­tia­tive in mi­nor­ity hir­ing, died Thurs­day. He was 84.

The team an­nounced his death but de­tails were not im­me­di­ately avail­able.

Rooney took over op­er­a­tion of the team in the 1960s from his fa­ther, Art, who founded the fran­chise. From there, Dan Rooney over­saw NFL cham­pi­onships for a team that had never even played in a league ti­tle game. Over the decades he be­came one of the most pow­er­ful and in­no­va­tive forces within the game, de­vel­op­ing the Rooney Rule un­der which NFL teams are re­quired to in­ter­view mi­nor­ity can­di­dates for coach­ing and front-of­fice po­si­tions. He was a key fig­ure in la­bor ne­go­ti­a­tions and league ex­pan­sion.

In 2000, Dan Rooney was in­ducted into the Pro Foot­ball Hall of Fame, join­ing his fa­ther. Dan Rooney’s son, Art II, has been the Steel­ers pres­i­dent since 2003, with Dan Rooney be­com­ing chair­man.

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