He was remembered by sports figures and church leaders alike for his humility and leadership. And I know the people of Pittsburgh, who loved him not only for the Super Bowl championships he brought as the owner of the Steelers, but for his generosity of spirit, mourn his passing today. "Our hearts and prayers are with the Rooney family and Steelers organization".
The Penguins will honor former Steelers' owner Dan Rooney before Friday's playoff game.
"There's no question about it, Dan was really a attractive reflection of his dad", he said.
The news has saddened many across the league and anyone associated with the Steelers, past, and present.
"[Rooney] personified everything that's good about Pittsburgh", Penguins president David Morehouse said of the longtime Steelers executive.
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A public viewing will occur at Heinz Field on Monday, from 2:00 p.m.to 7:00 p.m. ET at the PNC Champions Club, via the Associated Press.
RIP Mr. Rooney. The legacy you left this city will never be forgotten. Rooney, a devout Catholic, often worshipped at the cathedral. Rooney is a graduate of Duquesne. And it was under his leadership that the team became a 1970s dynasty, winning four Super Bowl titles in six years and two more since 2006.
The Rooney Rule was formed by Mr. Rooney in order to promote diversity in coaching hires. He also praised Rooney on being a tremendous family man. Dan Rooney talked about it in 2012. "The importance of faith, family and football permeates the entire organization". The emblem features the Steelers logo with "Dan Rooney 1932-2017" around it. Even though a life-long Republican, he would cross party lines to support Barack Obama, helping him become the first African-American president. "Few have served so many so well", he added.
Rooney is survived by his wife, Patricia, and seven of the couple's nine children.