Rooney Rule Leaves a Legacy and impact far beyond NFL

— Steelers receiver Antonio Brown

“Dan Rooney, through his long association with the Steelers, will be remembered as a strong, successful leader and a good man, devoted to his family, to his parish church, and to his many friends. We at Saint Vincent mourn his loss and are grateful for the many years of friendship.”Statement from University of Pittsburgh Chancellor Patrick Gallagher:

— Steelers Hall of Fame running back Jerome Bettis

On the Rooney Rule:

“It's been no question a positive. It's provided an opportunity for minorities to be interviewed. It's made a significant impact in the whole hiring process.

On Dan Rooney:

“Obviously, this is one of the pillars of the league. His running of the Steelers for so long, from generation to generation, spanning through three different commissioners and so forth, it's a daily operation for the Rooney family. It's their team, their lifeblood. It's what they care about. They're very personable. Even after moving on from Pittsburgh, and it's been quite a while, he would stop by our locker room and say hello every time we played the Steelers. He's been very impactful on me, with his sincerity and how he treated people.”

Corporate Executives, Elected Officials and Community Leaders speak about the influence of Dan Rooney and Rooney Rule


“Pittsburgh, and our nation, owe immeasurable gratitude to Ambassador Rooney. Thank you for your service to our country. Thank you for your devotion to your family and the Steeler Nation. Thank you for all you have done for Pittsburgh.”

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto

“Dan Rooney was a great friend of mine, but more importantly, he was a great friend to the people of Pittsburgh, a model citizen, and someone who represented the United States with dignity and grace on the world stage.”

Former U.S. President Barack Obama, who appointed Rooney as ambassador to Ireland in 2009

“Governor Wolf Statement on Passing of Dan Rooney:

“Pennsylvania has lost a true icon and one of our most revered citizens, civic leaders and public servants. Dan Rooney was truly loyal and dedicated to the tremendous organization he built and the city and country that he loved to serve. On behalf of every Pennsylvanian, Frances and I express our deepest condolences to the Rooney family, Dan’s friends and colleagues, and every member of Steeler Nation. He will be missed but his legacy will live-on forever in the hearts of the countless players, fans and citizens whom were lucky enough to experience his passion and grace.”

Statement from University of Pittsburgh Chancellor Patrick Gallagher:

“Dan Rooney was an innovative leader who forever shaped the sport of football and the city of Pittsburgh. His knack for resolving conflict, championing diversity and pursuing excellence with integrity earned him not only Super Bowl rings, but our collective admiration and affection. On behalf of the University of Pittsburgh, I extend my deepest sympathies to the entire Rooney family and the Steelers franchise.”