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Thanks for the Memories Mr. Rooney

Posted on: March 25, 2009 5:30 am

I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall at this weeks NFL owners meeting.  Not because of the discussions on rule changes or discussion about the CBA.  Had I been there, I’m sure that I’d have witnessed a bittersweet moment.

According to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette this morning, Dan Rooney,  current President and one of the owners of the Pittsburgh Steelers, stepped down from all committees and said goodbye to the NFL ownership.  Rooney, in anticipation for his upcoming appointment as Ambassador to Ireland, handed the reigns of the Steelers organization over to his son, Art Rooney, II. 

It’s the end of an era for the Steelers, and for the NFL.  Rooney had been “influential and involved in league matters for half a century” (1) .  The “Rooney Rule” opened the door for minorities to become head coaches within the NFL.  For the Steelers organization, Mr. Rooney carried on the tradition that was started by his father, Art Rooney, Sr, in such that made the players feel like family.  As a testament to that, when asked in an online chat session at, on his induction to the Hall of Fame, former Steelers CB, Rod Woodson sited Dan Rooney as the primary reason that, if he had to choose a team to get inducted under, it would be the Steelers.  There has always been an air of mutual respect between players, coaches and ownership.

There’s no doubt that the tradition of the Steelers franchise will continue on with Art Rooney II, and I have no doubt that upon a trip to Ireland in the next few years, we’ll see black and gold being worn there.  Still, Mr. Rooney’s presence and influence in the NFL will be missed by players, coaches and fans alike. 

Personally, I’d like to thank Mr. Rooney for his dedication and would like to ask, should he find a four leaf clover or capture a leprechaun, to send him my way.  Thank you Mr. Rooney, go raibh mile maith agat (2).


1- "Dan Rooney Bids NFL Owners Fairwell" , Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post Gazettte, March 25, 2009

2- go rabh mile maith agat is gaelic for thank you,


Category: NFL

Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: April 3, 2009 10:01 am

Thanks for the Memories Mr. Rooney

 Blitzylvania...I would be orange being baptized a Lutheran, however, since I'm not Irish, well...I'm neither.  (and my neighbors would swear I'm a heathen). 

I know that Mr. Rooney has been involved with projects for years now in helping "calm" the situation in Ireland, so in his duty as ambassador, he'll not be an unknown face there.  And I do agree that with Art II at the helm, I don't see too much deviation in how things will be run for the Steelers organization ... as far as the cohesiveness with the team, etc. 


Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: April 3, 2009 9:49 am

Thanks for the Memories Mr. Rooney

 Pittcontact...thank you for your thoughts, you've pointed out quite abit about how much Mr. Rooney has been an integral part of the NFL.  He definitely left his impression and I'm sure will do a fine job as the ambassador to Ireland. 

Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: April 3, 2009 9:45 am

Thanks for the Memories Mr. Rooney

 Steeler3, I agree...the stability within the Steelers front office and management is amazing.  I'm sure we'll see Tomlin have just as long of a tenure as Cowher and Noll.  At least Dan Rooney is leaving to do something he believes in and has left the team in very capable hands. 

Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: April 3, 2009 9:43 am

Thanks for the Memories Mr. Rooney


Yeah, I think Art Rooney II will do fine, he's cut his teeth on the team pretty much like his dad did. 

As far as Stallworth, not sure how active he'll be other then being an investor, but it's great to see a former Steeler actually have an opportunity to play a different role in a team that he'll always remain a legend with.

Those rules...yeah, I don't agree with them either.  I know they pay the quarterbacks alot of money but there are already rules on the books for intentional hits to QBs ... Brady's and Palmers injuries were do to a defensive player being pushed into the QB and not an intentional low block.  The problem with the Ward rule...ummm...even in the meeting there wasn't a consensus that Ward hit Rivers with his helmet first or shoulder.  I'm starting to sew the tutu's for the NFL now....I'm sure within a year or two...they'll be the new jersey's.

I'm sure you'll be glad to get back with your family though, even if you have to leave the warmth of the med.

Have a safe trip home Steve and chat with you later.

Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: April 2, 2009 3:02 pm

Thanks for the Memories Mr. Rooney


The more and more I know about you momlovesfootball, the more and more I like you.

So are you green or orange?  :P  (if at all)


Great post.  It's sad in the football sense to see Dan Rooney step aside, but it is with great pride that the Steelers stay with the Rooney's.  Dan Rooney has been called on to a higher cause, and being of Irish descent myself, and my strong feelings towards my ancestors homeland, and the situations they've been in with the UK, I have nothing but the best wishes and hopes to Dan Rooney in his appointment.  It is a great honor to represent an entire country, in another. 

Slainte!! Dan Rooney, Slainte!!

Since: Mar 24, 2008
Posted on: March 27, 2009 10:57 am

Thanks for the Memories Mr. Rooney


Excellent as always... it was a bitter sweet day for all of the Steeler fans... 

A few thoughts of mine....

It is rare to find a man that cares more about others than he does about himself... somebody willing to do what it takes to make sure others are comfortable... be as generous to strangers as he is to his own family... to inspire men, football players at that, to tears, because they care so much for you as a human being..... that is what Dan Rooney had to live up to stepping into his father's shoes... he not only filled those shoes... he out grew them...

Dan Rooney has been a leader both on and off the field for the NFL since he was just a boy... he sat idly by as the founders of the NFL examined how to do things... not always correct in their decisions, Dan sat and watched... he saw the importance of silence, he saw the importance of togetherness, he saw the light at the end of the tunnel as opportunity, not an on-coming train... as a true visionary, he was able to lead not only the Steelers, but the NFL into this time of prosperity...

Having never met Dan Rooney, I can only assume that he would be a father figure or maybe a grandfather to those he comes in contact with... I have read my fair share of stories about Dan as well as his book... in every account, much like his father he is able to come across as a real person... the new breed of owners Jerry Jones, Daniel Snyder do their thing in front of the camera... even Arthur Blank of the Falcons is always there... Dan Rooney is old school... he is Wellington Mara, Lamar Hunt, Art Rooney... he was there, but avoided the spotlight...

While Art Rooney will forever be remembered in the locker room after the 1st Super Bowl Championship, receiving the trophy with a tear in his eye... I will remember Dan Rooney standing in Latrobe Pennsylvania talking with a rookie cornerback by the name of Ike Taylor... no fan fare, probably did not even know a pictre was taken... he was just being Dan Rooney, talking to one of his kids, asking how things were going, seeing what he could do to help out this youngster...

Good Luck in the new venture Dan... the rest of the world, especially Ireland will realize what we in Pittsburgh have for years... we were blessed to have someone like you looking out for us...

Since: Dec 27, 2008
Posted on: March 26, 2009 12:13 am

Thanks for the Memories Mr. Rooney

Being a Steeler fan for 30+ years, change has been few and far between.  Art Sr, coaches Noll and Cowher, and now Dan Rooney.  The stability of this orgainization is incredible.  Players come and go, like it or not, but the Rooneys will always be a part of the Steeler Nation.  I'm sure Art II will carry on the proud Steelers tradition for years to come.  The only sad day will be when the Rooneys are no longer involved.  I hate to see the old man go.  The beer in Ireland is good, have one for me.

Since: Oct 16, 2006
Posted on: March 25, 2009 6:27 am

Thanks for the Memories Mr. Rooney


Hey Momluvs,

Glad to see you back on-line and hopt that you are feeling better these days. Sorry to Mr. Rooney go, but at least his son will be able to take the reins and continue their family tradition of running one of the best franchises in all sports. Congrats to him as well for soon being the next Ambassador to Ireland, and I think that the Steelers on-line Pro Shop will be shipping a lot of jerseys and Black and Gold paraphanelia to a new fan base in the Emerald Isle.

I thought I read somewhere that Steelers HOF WR John Stallworth was involved in the new ownership as an investor. If so, I think that's great to see him back in an active role with the team. We all read so many horror stories of ex-athletes in the media these days, its nice to see one in a positive light, especially returning to the team where he played such a great role for.

I don't particularly care for the new rules at the Owners Meetings, "The Tom Brady Rule" and the "Hines Ward Rule". While I don't like seeing any player hurt, the last thing the league needs is to be policing plays that aren't dirty. The play where Brady got hurt was unintentional, it was not a dive after his knee. Had it been intentional, and if something like that comes up in the future, then I am all for suspending the offending player until the player injured is able to return. Ditto for the Hines Ward rule. The hit on Keith Rivers was legal, no one wants to see the guy with a broken jaw, but thats the essence of the game.

I leave here soon and head back to the cold of New England, its kind of nice working on the beach in the sunny Middle East, but the family beckons! LOL I see the Steelers open the season against the Titans, that should be a good one to start off another season. The Patriots and Bills open the MNF season in throwbacks to celebrate the AFL's 50 year celebration. Bob Kraft is said to be pulling out all the stops for that celebration. I don't know about you, but I can't wait until draft day!

All the best to you and the family in SC 

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