Longtime Steelers owner Dan Rooney died Thursday at age 84.
Steelers chairman Dan Rooney, the son of Steelers founding owner Art Rooney, died Thursday at age 84.
Rooney took over control of the franchise from his father in 1975 before handing the reigns to his son, Art II, in 2002. He also served as an ambassador to Ireland from 2009 to 2012.
Rooney was well respected by his players and his passing elicited emotional reactions from many current and former Steelers. “Your spirit will live forever,” former head coach Bill Cowher wrote.
Many credited him with giving them a chance to succeed in the NFL, while others noted that Rooney always showed he cared about the players’ off-field lives.
RIP Dan. My Mentor & friend. Thank you for your Guidance & Wisdom. I came a Young Coach & left a Better Man. Your spirit will live forever.— Bill Cowher (@CowherCBS) April 13, 2017
What a guy he was!!!! Always sharing kind words. Even after a loss he would say "we will get them next time" ... sad sad day man— 5⃣Roosevelt nix (@Dat_Dude_Nix) April 13, 2017
After a loss he would walk up to you and say "don't worry we will get them next year!" While shaking your hand looking you in the eyes!— 5⃣Roosevelt nix (@Dat_Dude_Nix) April 13, 2017
I would be nothing if it weren't for him— Mike Mitchell (@iammikemitchell) April 13, 2017
Sad day in steeler nation. Prayers up for the Rooney family— James Farrior (@JamesFarrior) April 13, 2017
We've lost the heart & soul of Steeler Nation. Incredible person humanitarian & true patriot. May his memory be eternal. Love U PapaRooney— Troy Polamalu (@tpolamalu) April 13, 2017
wow ! sad day for Steeler nation my prayers goes out to the Rooney family much love and respect to Mr. Dan Rooney🙏🏾— SauceGod.D.A. (@DAYERS_LOE) April 13, 2017
Sad day for anyone who's ever ran into Mr. Rooney. What a guy! He will truly be missed. He was the Steelers and Pittsburgh. 🙏🏾— Ramon Foster (@RamonFoster) April 13, 2017
Gonna miss you DMR 😢Heaven truly gains an angel🙏🏽— Cam Heyward (@CamHeyward) April 13, 2017
The Steelers won six Super Bowls during Rooney’s time as an executive.