The ice came to Dallas on Tuesday. On Wednesday, the man who could help break the ice when it comes to the labor situation arrives in town.
Mark Maske of the Washington Post reports that Steelers chairman Dan Rooney is expected to make his way to Texas from Ireland, where he serves as U.S. ambassador to Ireland.
Reporters searched in vain for Dan Rooney, 78, at Media Day on Tuesday.
“I’m sure it was tiring because he flew back and forth from Ireland to America a number of times this year,” Dan Rooney’s son, Art Rooney, II, told Maske. “I’m glad the season is coming to an end for that reason. He can maybe quit traveling so much and get some rest.”
Dan Rooney attended several regular-season games and both playoffs games. Before the AFC title game Dan Rooney offered his perspective on the labor situation, a development that has been cheered by many fans as a sign that maybe Dan Rooney eventually will be able to persuade his colleagues to reach a true compromise.
Hopefully, Dan Rooney will offer up similar observations in the days before Super Bowl XLV.