Dan Rooney’s death is still fresh in the mind of the Steelers’ organization. Rooney was not only the owner but the architect of what would become Pittsburgh’s greatest dynasties, going on to win an NFL-high six titles.
Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette wrote an excellent article on Rooney and his lasting legacy after his death. Bouchette tells of how Dan Rooney went from a second-team Pittsburgh All-Catholic League quarterback at North Catholic High School, behind Johnny Unitas, to the inherent owner of what would become one of the NFL’s most storied franchises.
Rooney was well respected and well thought of, so much so that former President Barack Obama named him the American ambassador to Ireland. His name was even tossed into the ring to become the NFL League Commissioner at one point and time, but never wanting to be the center of attention, Rooney declined.
With the passing of the legend that made the Steelers what they are today, the best way they could honor him is to win their seventh Super Bowl.